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1898. No. 1 

New England 





TO BE • 


Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 





WILLIAM cox, of Pemaquid, is the first person of this 
name in New England, of whom we have any record. He is 
supposed to have come from the vicinity of Bristol, in England,* 
where the name is common, and from which place the present 
town of Bristol, Maine (which includes the location of the 
Pemaquid settlement), derives its name. Even the Christian 
names common in the early generations of the family here were 
the prevailing ones among the Coxes there in the early part of 
the seventeenth century. 

He first appears at Pemaquid as a witness to the ''first deed 
of conveyance of American soil,"f dated July 15, 1625, by which 
Captain John Somerset^ and Unnongoit, Indian sagamores, 
convey to "John Brown of New Harbor " a tract of land ^'Be- 
ginning at Pemaquid Falls and so running a direct course to the 

♦Pemaquid. — Westward from Penobscott (which is the Southermost Fort in 
Nova Scotia) fourteen Leagues of is Pemaquid in which River Alderman 
Alworth of Bristole, setled a Company of People in the yeare 1625, which Planta- 
tion hath continued and many Families are now [1660] settled there. There was a 
Patent granted for it by his Maties ; Royall Grandfather and by vertue of that 
Patent they hold the Islands of Monahegan and Damerells Coue, and other small 
ones adjacent Commodious for fishing. — Maverick's Description of N^ew England, 
Genealogical Register, xxxix, 34. 

tThornton's Ancient Pemaquid, p.63. Maine Hist. Coll., v., 195. 
JThe " Samoset " who welcomed the Pilgrims at Plymouth. 

2 Cox Genealogy. 

head of New Harbor, from thence to the south end of Muscongus 
Island, taking in the island, and so running five and twenty 
miles into the country north and by east, and thence eight miles 
northwest and by west, and then turning and running south and 
by west, to Pemaquid where first begun." 

We again learn of William Cox through the deposition of John 
Pearce, made at Manchester, Mass., in 1735. Pearce was born at 
Muscongus, near Pemaquid about 1644.* He knew William Cox 
who lived at Cox's Cove and owned a farm bounded southwesterly 
on land of one Cole, northerly on land of John Brown, easterly on 
land of one Philips, and westerly by a brook. Was this northerly 
boundary the southern boundary of John Brown's purchase from 
the Indian sagamores, viz., a direct course from Pemaquid Falls to 
the head of New Harbor? If it was, then Cox's Cove must have 
been situated on the eastern side of the Pemaquid River, not as 
Johnston states (Bristol and Bremen, 218) east of the peninsula 
where the fort stood, but farther up the river (as he surmises 
in his footnote), in order to have a brook as the westerly boun- 
dary of Cox's farm. We know not how or when Cox acquired 
this farm, neither do we know how long he occupied it nor how 
he disposed of it. Some of his descendants, in one line, have 
continued to dwell in that vicinity, even to the present time, 
with the exception of brief periods when the Indians forced them 
to seek shelter in the coast towns of Massachusetts. His is the 
only name still borne by descendants in the vicinity of Pema- 
quid, which dates back to the time of the settlement of the 
" Company of People " by Robert Aldworth and Gyles Elbridge, 
merchants, of Bristol. 

William Cox appears on record for the last time (unless he 
was the freeman of 1674), as a witness to a deed, dated August 
8, 1660. This deed was from his old neighbor, " John Brown of 
New Harbor" to Brown's son-in-law, " Sander" Gould, and Mar- 
garet his wife, and conveyed part of the land which he purchased 
of the Indian sagamores in 1625. It is remarkable that the same 
name (Matthew Newman) which appeared as witness with Cox 
to the deed of 1625, appears again as fellow witness thirty-five 
years later. 

At a court held at Pemaquid July 22, 1674, by Maj. Thomas 
Clarke, Humphry Davy, Richard Collicott and Lieut. Thomas 

^Johnston's Hist, of Bristol and Bremen, 242. 

Cox Genealogy. 3 

Gardiner, under an order from the General Court* of Massachu- 
setts, Thomas Cox of Pemaquid took his oath as constable and 
also the oath of fidelity, and the following Coxes took the oath 
of fidelity: Jno Cock, Tho Cox, Jun, Shadrick Cox, Richard 
Cox, Tho Cox, W"! Cox and Tho Cox. Of these it is probable 
that William, Thomas, Sen., and John were sons of William 
Cox. Shadrick and Richard may have been either sons or 
grandsons. Thomas Cox, Jun. and the other two Thomases 
were probably grandsons, 

WILLIAM COX of Sagadahoc and Salem, planter, is sup- 
posed to have been a son of William of Pemaquid. This 
supposition is based upon the statements of Capt. Israel Cox of 
Bristol and the depositions of Laurence Denisf and the broth- 
ers, John and Thomas CoxJ of Beverly. 

*R.ecords of The Gov, and Com. of Mass. Bay, v. 17, 18. Genealogical Register, 
iii. 243, 244. Documentary Hist, of Maine, iv. 344, 345. 

fLaurence Denis of Beverly of full age Testifieth and Saith that he formerly lived 
at Kenbeck river in New town and upon his certain knowledge Saith that William 
Cock now of Salem formerly lived upon a certain tract of Land at Sagadehock at 
ye mouth of Kenebeck river in ye Province of Maine for many years before ye Indian 
Warr, which drove him off from it about ye year : 1677. in his own right which 
sd land said Cock bought of t)ne Thomas Adkins who formerly lived in these parts, 
And that about ye year 1686. John Cock, brother in law to ye said William Cock 
with his family went and lived upon the sd WiUiam Cocks land at Sagadehock untill 
ye Indian Warr broke out again about ye year 16S9. And that ye said tract of land 
runeth up the river Joyning upon the land of Simon Newcome 

Laurence Denis 
Sworn Salem July }« 4tli 1699. Essex Deeds, 13, 177, York Deeds, 6, 141. 

JThe Testimony of John Cock aged about thirty four yeares, and Thomas Cock 
aged about thirty one years Testifieth and Saith, that they having been long inhabi- 
tants at Sagadehock in the Province of Maine doe certainly know that William Cock 
now of Salem did formerly live upon a certain Tract of land at Sagadehock in the 
Province of Maine for many yeares before ye Indian warr, which drove him off from 
it about ye year 1677 in his own right, which land he bought of one Thomas 
Adkins who lived there as by ye Deed from said Adkins to ye sd Cock (wch we 
have often seen may Appear) And in or about ye year 1686 our father John Cock, 
with us, and ye rest of his family went and lived upon ye sd William Cocks land 
aforesd in sd WiUiam Cocks right untill ye Indian warr broke out again about ye year 
1689. And we doe Testhie that ye bounds of the sd tract of land was always 
accompted to be from ye head of long cove Marsh down to ye point being about a 
Mile And from thence up ye. River to a Creek which is ye bound betwixt ye land of 
Simon Newcomb and this land of W"* Cocks which he has now sold unto John 
Higginson Junr of Salem And from ye mouth of sd Creek up into ye woods we know 
not whither And that ye sd William Cock and our father in sdWiUiam Cock his 
right hath peaceably and quietly enjoyed ye afore mentioned parcell of land without 
any Claime from any person till driven off by the Indians John Cock and Thomas 
Cock both personally appeared before me the subscribe one of liis Mats Council & 
Justice of ye peace and Coram in ye County of Essex & made oath to ye truth of ye 
above written Evidence; Ye words W'n Cock being twice enterlined at Snlem : 14th 
Augst 1695. Wm Browne 

Essex Deeds, ii, J. York Deeds. 6. 141. 

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Capt. Israel Cox was accustomed to say that the William Cox 
who witnessed the Indian deed to John Brown was his great- 
grandfather's father.* 

In a statement about his family, made in his old age to his 
nephew's wife and recorded by her in a family Bible, Capt. Cox 
said that his father was Ebenezer who was born in Beverly in 
1728, and that this Ebenezer was son of Thomas and grandson 
of a Thomas Cox who came from England and settled in 1642 
at Cox's Cove, Pemaquid harbor, where he carried on a fishing 
business. These statements have about the usual value of such 
traditions. He is correct about the names of his ancestors as far 
as his great-grandfather, Thomas, but that man, according to his 
own deposition, was not born until about twenty-two years after 
the date that Capt. Israel locates him at Pemaquid, and was the 
son of John instead of William. While it appears from Capt. Israel 
Cox's own statements that he did not know the name of his 
great-grandfather's father, yet when we consider that, with the 
exception of a single generation, his ancestors have been inhabi- 
tants of Pemaquid or its immediate vicinity, is it not reasonable 
to suppose that there was some foundation for the tradition that 
he was descended from the first William Cox of that place? 
Admitting this, then the deposition of Laurence Denis, if we 
allow the term "brother in law" to mean half-brother as it 
often did at that time, gives some reason for the supposition 
that William Cock of Sagadahoc was a son of William of Pema- 
quid. It also indicates that William Cox of Pemaquid was twice 

We first learn of William Cox of Sagadahoc through the case 
of Tead against Collicott.f It appears from the testimony of the 
various witnesses that John Richards, William Cox and other 
inhabitants of the territory at the Kennebec lying within the 
Plymouth Patent seized a vessel owned and commanded by 
Joshua Tead of Charlestown, in May 1656, upon the charge of 
trading with the natives contrary to the patent. 

William Cox had a farm on the western side of the Kennebec 
river which he bought of Thomas Atkins or Adkins. % This farm 

*Hist. Bristol and Bremen, 55, 443. 
tSee The Genealogical Advertiser, i, 90. 

J Know all men by these prsence that I William Cock Senr now resident in Salem 
in the County of Essex * * * formerly an Inhabitant at Saggadehock in ye Province 

Cox Genealogy. 5 

was at the mouth of the river at a place still called Cox's Head, 
in the town of Phippsburg. Before purchasing this farm Cox 
had probably lived farther up the river for a short time. We 
find an indenture, dated May 29, 1660, between "Robine Hoode 
alias Rawmegon " and several other Indians on one part, and 
Thomas Webber on the other part, conveying "all yt Tract of 
Land lijng on the Westerne side of Kenebecke River, over 
against Arousicke Island, the upper part y of begining at a Poynt 
on the lower side of a Cove before the house yt was William 
Cocks, & soe to runne downward by the water side, to y^ upper 
part of an Ysland, and commanly known & Called by the name 

of Main planter, for and in consideration of the Sum of fifty four pounds to me in 
hand paid by John Higginson Junr of Salem Mercht * * * Have granted bargained 
and Sold * * * unto ye sd John Higginson * * * A certain tract of land Cituate 
and Lying at or near ye mouth of Sagadehock River on ye west side of said River 
in ye Province of Maine containing by Estimation about thirteen hundred Acres of 
Upland Meadow and Salt Marsh be it more or less And being that tract of land 
which I ye sd William Cock bought of Thomas Atkins of Sagadehock aforesd 
Planter and which I lived upon many years And is bounded as foUoweth that is to 
Say, begining at ye head of long cove Marsh down ye Cove Easterly to ye point 
and soe round up ye River Northerly till you come to a Creek runing in from 
ye Main River westerly all along upon ye sd Cove and River (which sd Creek 
is ye bounds between ye land of Simon Newcomb & this tract of land hereby sold 
unto ye sd Higginson) And so up to ye head of said Creek and from thence about 
half a Mile into the Main land westwardly unto a great Swamp And from thence 
Southwardly to ye head of ye Creek which goeth down to ye head of long Cove And 
thence down to ye head of long cove Marsh where we began the which sd Creek is 
ye bound between ye land formerly in ye possession of Robt Edwards, and this tract 
of land hereby sold unto ye said Higginson and one Small Island lying in ye sd 
River against ye sd land commonly called Toms Island containing about five Acres 
more or less together wth the liberty of range for cattle and swine for feed upon 
ye land of ye sd Thomas Atkins adjoyning thereunto And all Mines Mineralls wood 
trees waters water courses, flats, Rights, titles priviledges profits and Appurtenances 
whatsoever unto the said bargained premises are any ways belonging and all the 
Estate right title Interest Use propriety, Possession Claime and Demand whatso- 
ever of me ye sd William Cock my heires Executrs Admrs or assignes of in and to 
ye same. * * * And ye sd WiUiam Cock doth hereby Oblige himself heires 
Executrs Admrs and assignes to warrant and Defend the said John Higginson his 
heires Executrs Admrs and assignes in ye peaceable and quiet possession of all and 
Singular ye bargained premises for ever, against all manner of persons laying Legall 
Claime thereunto or any part thereof And Mary Cock the wife of ye sd William 
Cock doth freely surrender up her right of Dowre of, in and to ye same as Witness 
their hands & Seales this twenty sixt day of July, one thousand Six hundred Ninety 
and three And in the fift of their Mats Reign 

William Cock (seal) 
In presence of us 

John Robinson Senr (seal) 

John Marston Junr 

William Cock Senr personally Appeared and Acknowledged this Instrumt to be his 
Act and Deed this 27th July : 1693 Before me 

Benja Brown Justs peace 

Essex Deeds, 9, 142. York Deeds, 6, 140. 

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of Cheese Ysland, & to runne into the Woods three Miles." 
( York Deeds, 3, 23. ) 

He was probably the freeman of that name at Pemaquid in 
1674. At the same time and place he was granted a license to 
keep a house of "publicke enterteynement and to be provided 
w'h necessarys for lodging, &c, accordingly, and to retajle beare, 
wine, & licquors " for Sagadahoc and Kennebec. {Mass. 
Col. Rec. V. 7p, 20). 

We learn through the deposition of Elizabeth Davis* that he 
had a family, and the use of "Senr" by him in the deed con- 
veying his farm to John Higginson indicates that he had a son 
William, but what became of him, his wife Mary, and his family, 
we are not able to state at present. 

WILLIAM COX of Salem, perhaps son of the preceding, 
married Hannah, daughter of Andrew and Mary Woodbury of 
Salem, and had a daughter Mary born there July 13, 1688. We 
find no other record of him. Hannah Woodbury was born 
April I, 1664. Hannah Cox and Elizabeth More of Salem, 
widows, gave a receipt, May 26, 1708, for money due them from 
a sale of land formerly owned by their father, Andrew Woodbury, 
which had been sold for the benefit of their mother, Mary 
Woodbury. -j" Hannah Cox of Salem, widow of William Cox of 
Salem deceased and Mary Cox, singlewoman and only child of 
said William and Hannah, sold, March 13, 1720-21, their undi- 
vided common rights in Salem. J 

*Elizabeth Davis of Beverly aged about Sixty four years testifieth & Saith that 
She lived wth her father Thomas Adkins at Saggadehock in ye Province of Main 
for about twelve years till She married away from him & 1 do Certainly Know yt 
my said Father Thomas Adkins did Sell unto William Cox a Considerable quantity 
of Land lying to ye westward of Saggadehock River at ye mouth of said River 
Called Coxes head and run up to ye head of Long Cove to a Creek there & Runs up 
ye River to ye next Neighbors & I do very well Remember yt William Cox & his 
family lived upon Said land for many Years and have been at his house Severall 
times while he lived there & after he was driven off Said Land by ye Indians about 
thirty four years since and after ye peace one John Cox came & build on Said Land 
for Severall Years till he was also Driven off by ye Indians as She was Informed 

Eliza Davis her mark 

Elizabeth Davis personally Appeared before us ye subscribers &, made oath to the 
tenth of the abovesd Evidence Salem July 25 1709 to Remain in perpetuam rei 

John Hathorn Just: peace 

Jos; Wolcott Quor unus 

Essex Deeds, 27, 262, 

fEssex Deeds, 20, 141. 

JEssex Deeds, 39, 51. 

Cox Genealogy. 7 

John^ Cox ( William^ ?), "Brother in law" of William Cox 
of Sagadahoc, was born, probably at Pemaquid, before 
1640. He, with his son John, Laurence Denis and others, 
received a grant of land for a township on the southern end 
of Arrowsic Island in the mouth of the Kennebec River 
from Sir Edmund Andros, Sept. 6, 1679, they having been 
"Driven from Their Howses in this River and Partes Adja- 
cent".* About 1686 he moved to the farm of William Cox 
at Cox's Head, and remained there three years. The depo- 
sition of his sons John and Thomas indicate that he had 
other children whom we are not able to trace. Children : 
i. Johns, b. about 1661. 

2. ii. Thomas, b. about 1664; m. Hannah . 

Thomass Cox (^John,"^ William^), son of John of Sagadahoc, 
was born about 1664. He was a mariner. About 1689 he 
settled in Beverly. His widow Hannah was appointed 
administratrix of his estate Feb. 6, 1710. In 171 1 she 
sold three acres of land to her son Thomas, and the bal- 
ance of the estate was divided in 1733, Thomas receiving 
a double share as oldest son. Their children were: 

3. i. Thomas4, bapt. June 8, 1690 at Beverly; m. ist, Judith Elliot, and, 

Mary Woodbury, 
ii. Elizabeth, bapt. June 8, 1690 at Beverly, 
iii. Richard, bapt. Aug. 14, 1692; drowned 1746. 
iv. Hannah, bapt. July 28, 1695 ^' Beverly. 
V. John, bapt. July 17, 1698 at Beverly. 

:. vi. William, bapt. April 18, 1703 at Beverly; m. Sarah Trask. 
Thomas4 Cox {Thomas, i/ohn,'^ William^') ,was bapt. June 8, 
1690. He was a mariner and lived in Beverly. He mar- 
ried ist, Judith Elliot, Dec. 15, 1709, who d. April 19, 1718. 
He married 2nd, June 21, 1727, Mary4 Woodbury (Eben- 
ezer,3 John,^ Johni). He died Nov. 5, 1738. His will, 
dated Sept. 21, 1738, makes wife Mary executrix, men- 
tions daughter Judith Phelps, gives two shares to son 
Ebenezer and one share each to the other children. 
Children : 

i. Judiths, m. Jonathan Phelps. 
Children by second marriage : 

5. ii. Ebenezer, b. June 27, 1728; bapt, Aug. 25, 1728. 
iii. EHzabeth, b. Nov. 22, 1730. 
iv. Lydia, bapt. May 16, 1731. 
V. Thomas, b. May 7, 1733; bapt, July 29, 1733. 
vi. Israel, b. Dec. 16, 1736; bapt. May 15, 1737. 
vii. Lucy b. Feb, 22, 1738-9; bapt. May 13, 1739. 

■Doct. Hist. Maine iv, 386-388. 

Cox Genealogy. 

William4 Cox {Tho7?ias,z John,^ JVt'/h'ami) , hapt April i8, 
1703; married Sarah Trask, Nov. 9, 1721; died Dec. 23, 
1761. She married second Samuel Woodbury, Jan. 22, 
1764. Children: 
i. William,5 b. Dec. 7, 1721. 
ii. Thomas, b. March 16, 1724-5. 
iii. Edward, b. July 9, 1727. 
iv. Deborah, bapt. Jan. 4, 1730. 
V. Hannah, bapt. June 25, 1732. 
vi. Richard, bapt. Dec. 28, 1735. 
vii. WiUiam, bapt. Jan. 7, 1 739. 
viii. Deborah, bapt. Jan. 11, 1741, 
ix. Osman, bapt. May 13, 1744. 

EbenezerS Cox ( Thomas, \ Thomas, z John,7. Wiiliami), horn 
in Beverly June 27, 1728; married ist Ruth Hay ward of 
Beverly, Dec. 14, 1749; she died Sept. n, 1750 ; married 
2nd in 1754, Lydia6 Woodbury (Hugh, 5 William,4Thom- 
as,3 Humphrey, 2 Johni); she died April 7, 1775, and he 
married 3rd Sarah (Erskine) Dickey, daughter of Alexan- 
der Erskine and widow of John Dickey, at Bristol, Maine, 
Dec. 25, 1775. He was a mariner. He lived at Beverly, 
Falmouth, Me. and Bristol, Me. He died in July, 1795. 
Children were: 

6. i. Israel6, b. at Falmouth, Me., Oct. 5, 1755. 

ii. Ruth, b. July 21, 1757. m. Alexander Erskine in 1776. 
iii. Thomas, b. Oct, 22, 1759. 

7. iv. Hugh, b. Oct. 22, 1759. 

V. Ebenezer, b. March 19, 1762. Minister. Lived at Hope, Me. 

VI. Lydia, b. March 19, 1762; m. Alexander Greenlaw, March 16, 1780- 
d. Oct. 27, 1850. ' ^' 

vii. Judith, b. Aug. 15, 1764; m. Fickett. 

yiii. WiUiam, March 12, 1767. 

ix. Simon, b. July 5, 1769. Minister. Lived at Hope, Me. 
X. Betsey, b. July 9, 1772; m. Luke Staples. 
Children by third wife : 
B. xi. Alexander, b. 1776. 

xii. Robert, m. Jane Thompson, May 27, 1802. 
xiii. George, b. about 1779. 

xiv. John, b. May i, 1781; m. ist Cynthia Church, July 14, 1804, 2nd 
Elizabeth Church, July 26, 181 2. ' J ^ 4, 4. 2na 

Israel6Cox ( Ebenezer, S Thomas,^ Thomas, % John,^ Willtami), 
was for many years a prominent man in Bristol, Me. Early 
m life he became a master mariner, and was afterwards 
always honored with the title of Captain. He served the 
town many years as selectman, and was highly esteemed 
by his townsmen. Captain Cox was well read in the history 
of Maine, and took considerable interest in local historical 
matters, which fact adds strength to his statement that he 


The first reunion of the Cox family was held in the 
old mansion house of Captain Henry Cox at Cox's Corner, 
Mattapan, Mass., on Saturday, October 2, 1897. Miss 
Emily D. Cox, a granddaughter of Captain Henry Cox, was 
the hostess, and nearly seventy-five persons (most of whom 
were descendants of Robert Cox, who died in Boston, in 
^733) were present on this very pleasant occasion. Inter- 
esting addresses were made by Rev. John H. Cox, of Lex- 
ington, Dr. Gardner Cox, of Holyoke, Edwin Birchard Cox, 
of Brookline, and Eward J. Cox, of the Lowell School of 
Boston, relating the history of the early families of this name 
in- New England. Photographs of places of historic interest 
to the family were on exhibition, and an interesting relic was 
presented to the association by William Prescott Greenlaw, 
of Cambridge. This was a receipt given by the treasurer 
of "the state of the Massachusetts ba}' " to Thomas Cox in 
1777, promising to repay fifty pounds seventeen shillings 
loaned " for the use and service of the state." Among those 
present were Mrs. Hannah D. Cox, ninety-six years of age, 
the mother of the hostess, and Mr. Thomas E. Cox, eighty- 
four years of age. of ^^^akefield. A Committee was appointed 
to perfect a family organization on a permanent basis, for the 
purpose of having annual reunions and publishing a history of 
the family. 


A search in the records of Bristol and vicinity in England 
IS being made for the ancestr}- of William Cox of Pemaquid, 
who is known to have come from that region. For this pur- 
pose about fift}' dollars have been pledged by members of the 
famil}-. but this amount is not sufficient to prosecute the 
search to a successful issue. As there is a possibility of 
finding some will which mentions the children of William 
Cox of Pemaquid — thus supplying what is lacking in our 
records here — it is verv important that this search be con- 
tinued now. An appeal is made to the members of the fainily 
to support this undertaking by immediate contributions for 
this purpose. Any amount will be gratefully received and a 
list of the contributors, with the amounts given, will be 
printed in a future number of this series. 

Address all communications to 

Rev. John H. Cox, 
Lexington, Mass. 

1899- -^^o- -• 

New England 







Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N E. Cox Family Association. 

Cox Genealogy. 9 

was descended from William Cox of Pemaquid. He mar- 
ried Jane, daughter of Robert Given, in 1787. They lived 
at Brown's Cove in Bristol, upon a portion of the land 
which John Brown purchased of the Indian sagamores, 
and not far from the place where the first William Cox 
settled in 1625. Capt. Israel Cox, "A Revolutionary 
Soldier," died April 3, 1850 (Gravestone). His wife died 
May 24, 1827, ae. 73. 

i. Arthur,^ born, Sept. i 1789; d. April 15 1828; m Nancy Elliot Feb. 19 
1 819. She m. 2 Samuel Fossett and died Jan. 15 1871 ise. 80 y. 8 mo. 

ii. William, born, Aug. 12 1791; d. June i, 1855 m. Rachel Fuller 1821; 
she died Oct. 10 1841, se. 45 y. 8 m. 

iii. Jenny born Jan 7, 1795. d. Dec. 2 1884, se. 90 yrs. m. Capt. Simon Elli- 
ott 1821. He died May 8, 1851, oe, $6% y. 

iv. Alexander Greenlaw, born 

Hugh^ Cox (Ebenezer,^ Thomas,* Thomas,^ John,'' JVi7- 
/iam'), washorn at Falmouth, Oct. 22, 1759; m. Mary 
daughter of Solomon Dunbar of Newcastle, Me., and set- 
tled in Hallowell. Children: 

i. Mary,^b. May 2 1800. 

ii. Emma Jane, b. Jan. 27, 1802. 

iii. Lucinda, b, Feb. 1805. 

iv. Clarisse, b. Jan 28, 1807. 

V. George Thomas, b. Oct. 16, 1813. 

vi. Nancy Glidden, b. June 23, 1816. 

Alexander^ Cox (Ebenezer,^ Thomas,* Thomas,^ John,^ Wil- 
liam^), born at Bristol, Me., in 1776, was a ship car- 
penter. He married, ist, Sept. 30, 1802, Ruth Howland, 
2nd, Margaret Howland, sister of his first wife, March 16, 
181 3. He died in the early part of 1825, and his widow 
died a few months later. Children: 
i. Thurza,7 b. 1805, at Bristol ; m. Hugh Gordon ; d. in Kansas, 
ii. Alexander, b. 1807, at Bristol; d. at Savannah, Ga., Sept. 1840. 
iii. Koxana, b. July 29, 1808, at Bristol ; m. Elijah Crocket, of Rock- 
land, Me.; d. at Rockland, Jaly i, 1872. 
iv. Adriel, b. July 16, i8ro, at Bristol ; m. Katharine Ulmer of Rockland; 
d. Mar. 23, 1889. Adopted by James Fales,and name changed to Fales. 
V. George, b. May 13, 18 12, at Bristol. 

By second wife, 
vi. Elizabeth, b. 1814, at Bristol; m. Samuel- Richards of Eden, Me.; d. 

April 29, 1S88. 
vii. Emily, b. 1816, at Bristol ; m. Cep'in'< Crockett. 

viii. Isaac, b. 1823, at Waldo, Me ; lost overboard from the ship Gerrick 

in the Irish Channel. 

George7 Cox (Alexander,^ Ebenezer,^ Tho7%aj,* Thoiitas,^ 

John,'^ William^), born at Bristol, Me.,»^May 13, 1812, was 

a master mariner. He married Eliza Arm, daughter of 


lo Cox Genealogy. 

Thomas and Betsey (Sproul) Fossett of Bristol, March 

14, 1839. He died Dec. 27, 1895. Children, all born in 


i. Arthur,8 b. Mar. 21, 1840; m. Dec. 22, 1881, Mary Elizabeth Morton, 

and resides in Bristol, 
ii. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Mar. 3, 1843 ! ^- ^^^- ^' '^45. 
10. iii. George, F'eb. 23, 1845. 

iv. Maria A., b. Sept. 23, 1848. 

V. Rockie Ella, b. Dec. i, 1850; m. Aug. 28, 1872, Capt. John E. Yates, 

of Bristol; d. Jan. i, 1888. 
10. George^ Cox, Jr. (Capt. George, ^ Alexander,'' Ebenezer,'^ 
Thomas,* Thomas,^ John,'' William'-), born Feb. 23, 1848, 
was educated at Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Me., is an 
accountant and resides in Maiden, Mass. He married at 
Maiden, Jan. 27, 1876, Adelle Rose, daughter of Alton 
and Mary Jane (Studley) Burkett. Children, all born 
in Maiden: 

i. Ernestine Yates,9 b. Dec. 19, 1876. 
ii. George Ralph, b. Jan. 8, 1878. 
iii. Bertrand Elvin, b. Mar. 18, 1880. 
iv. Adelle Marian, b. April 2, 1883. 
V. Kenneth Cleveland, b. Oct. 23, 1887. 
vi. Malcolm, b. Dec. 12, 1891. 

I. JOHN COX makes a deposition* in Boston, Sept. 18, 1736, 

which fixes several points in his life story. He deposes that he 

*" John Cock aged about Seventy Eight years declares and says that he was 
born at the Eastward parts of New England on the Eastern Side of Kennebeck 
River and lived there till he was driven away by the Indians about the year 1676 
But while he lived there, he very well knew a man Called Mr Elbridge but does 
not well remember his Christian name but he was a small man in Stature Thit 
sd Elbridge Lived at Pemmaquid & was Accounted one of the Princepall men in 
them Parts and that he has often Seen Sd Elbridge at his fathers house that he 
allso well remembers that Richard Paddishall who used the Coasting trade had 
an Island on sd Kemiebec River on which Island he lived for many years dr= his 
father before him which Island Was Called PaddishaWs Island and that he never 
heard Sd Paddishall Laid any Claim or Pretended any right to Damares Cove Is- 
land till Since the last Indian Warr. That he well remembers that one Trick one 

Hunnewell one Soward & Richard Reading lived on Sd Damares Cove 

Island and had been old Settlers there & that, about Sixty years agoe the 
Declarant went a fishing from sdTsland & well remembers that there were Seven 
fishing Boats that Continually used sd Place and that he never heard that any of 
the aforesd Persons ever pretended any right thereto but only Used it as a fishing 
Place which they Esteemed free for any Person That he never knew or heard 
that the aforesd Richd Paddenshall ever Lived on said Damare's Cove Island 
Butt he well remembers that Said Richd Paddeshall Carryed his family from 
sd Island in Kennebeek River to Pemmaquid where he was killed as he afterwards 
Heard Boston Sept 18 1736 his 

John X! Cock 
Suffolk ss. Boston Sepr 17 1836 John Cock appearing Made oath to the truth 
of the above Declaration by him Subscribed taken in Perpetuam rei memoriam 
Before Samuel Checkley Just Pacis 

Wm. Tyler Quorum Unus " 
— Colls. Maine Hist. Soc, Vol. 5,/. 237. 

Cox Genealogy. ii 

is about 78 years of age, therefore he was born about 1658. He 
says that he was born at the eastward part of New England, and 
on the eastern side of the Kennebec River. At this early date 
(1658) almost the entire English settlement east of the Ken- 
nebec was known as Pemaquid. He further states that he 
remembers well that he went fishing from Damares Cove Island 
"about Sixty years agoe," or about the year 1676, when he 
would have been 18 years of age. Here on the eastern side of 
the Kennebec, he says that he lived until he was driven away by 
the Indians about the year 1676. It would seem altogether 
probable that this man was a son or grandson of William, who 
witnessed the deed of Pemaquid 1625, but the proofs are not yet 
discovered. It is possible, though not probable, that he may 
have been the oath-taking freeman of 1674. He was at that 
time about 16 years of age. There was however, an older man 
by the name of John Cox at Pemaquid, at this time. 

An autograph letter* requesting the loan of 5 pounds, discov- 
ered in the account book of Capt. John Hull, and now in posses- 
sion of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, Som- 
erset St., Boston, was perhaps the work of the older man, 
as John Cox of Dorchester signs with his mark in 1736. This 
letter, by the way, affords us the earliest specimen of the hand- 
writing of the New England Cox family. 

John Cox died in Dorchester, Mass., Nov, 23, 1742, in the 
85th year of his age,f which would make him born as above 
about 1658. At what date he came to Dorchester is not known. 
He appears there as the husband of Susanna, J the daughter of 

*Captin Hull, Sir : Theze with my most humble service to you with many 
thanks for all your love and favor. Sir, I doe humbly intreat you to Doe me the 
favor as to lone me five ponds in money for I have Received a Letter froni 
Mohegen to Bring a comodyty with me which I shall Better than Duble my 
money in fust with god willing at my Return to boston you shall have wich I 
hope will be in lese than one months time. 

Sir: the Barcke has lost me 10 ponds more for her fitting then I did think 
of: and my imployers money will just pay for it: that makes me so bold to 
intreat this favor of you and Knowing self so much oblidged to you ahead. 
Dose on inbolding me the more to Beeg this kindness and it will be a greate help 
to me you for your former kindness and this shall oblidge me to make your 
satisfaction, soe leaving you to the protection of mity god I wrest but not 
Remain from being yours to serfe. 
piscadque 9 of Aprill 1679 John Cox. 

tRec. Commis. Report, Vol. 21, p. 139. 

fin the " Order for settling the houses and lands of John Pope of Dorches- 
ter, dece'd, upon his son Ralph Pope," April 4, 1700, " Susanna Cox, wife of John 
Cox," is one of the heirs. — " The Pope Family" pp. 82-3. 

1 2 Cox Genealogy. 

John and Margaret, and his first five children were baptized in 
the First Church on the same day, March 5, 1692-3. " thes (5) 
wer ye children of Susanna Cock ye daughter of goody pope, 
She having owned the covenant*." Susanna, singularly named 
Susanna Fope at this date, owned the covenant and was bap- 
tized May 29, 1692. 

In view of these facts and the absence of any other dates, it is 
probable that John and Susanna were married about 1680-85, 
John and his wife occupied seat No. 7 in the meeting-house of 
the First Dorchester Church, according to the " new seating " 
adopted May 10, 1698. 

The date of Susanna's death is not recorded, but the records 
tell us that Christian, the wife of John Cox, died in Dorchester, 
Dec. 17, 1 721, and from the town records of Salem, we learn 
that John Cox married Christian Milliken in that town Nov. 6, 

John Cox, '' fisherman," buys April 4, 1 721, of the selectmen of 
Dorchester, a piece of common and undivided land about two 
acres situated on Squantum Neck, bounded southerly and east- 
erly by the Sea and northerly by the land of Widow Pope.f 

John Cox of Dorchester, "shoreman and fisherman," with 
wife Rebecca, disposes of land and fish-house on Squantum 
Neck, adjoining the premises of the Pope family, "excepting 
house built by son Joseph," May 5, 1736. | 

It would thus appear that John Cox was three times married, 
and that his children were all by his first wife, Susanna Pope ; 
the last child being born not later than 1705. Susanna died 
between 1705 and 1712. Christian died Dec. 17, 1721. Of Re- 
becca, John's third wife, we have no further knowledge. The 
mention of a providential escape from death by Indians of a Mr, 
Cox, from Dorchester, in 1725, probabl}' refers to John. 

As to the number and names of the children, the records of 
the Church and town are delightfully obscure. They frequently 
mention them as "the grandchildren of our Sister, the Widow 
Pope," thus making it next to impossible to distinguish them 
from the children of Thomas Cox, who married Mary Pope, the 
sister of Susanna. The historian of the Pope family fittingly 

*Rec. First Church, Dorchester, Sec. 226. 
^Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 35, p. 138. 
\Suffolk Deeds,, Vol. 106, p. 278. 

Cox Genealogy. 13 £ 

says (p. 86) ' ' The Historian of the Cox Family must wrestle with 

the problem whether any of these ' grandchildren of Sister 

Pope ' were Thomas and Mary's offspring, or whether all filled 

the quiver of John and Susanna." 

After manifold wrestlings, the children of John and Susanna 

(Pope) Cox, as gathered from the Church and town records, 

appear to be as follows : 

i. Margaret, bap. Mar. 5, 1692-3 
ii. Mary, " " " 

iii. Sarah, " " " 

2. iv. John, " " " 
V. Thankful, " " " 

3. vi. -William, b. May 27, bap. June 24, 1694. 
vii. James, bap. April 18, 1696. 

4. viii. Ebenezer, bap. May 10, 1696. 
ix. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 27, 1697, bap. 26, 7, 1697. 

5. X. Thomas, bap. 9, 3m, 169S. 
xi. Susannna, b. Nov. 29, 1698, bap. April 9, 1699, m. Nov. 30, 1722, 

Enoch Wiswell. 

6. xii. Joseph, b. April 8, bap. Aug. 4, 1700. 
xiii. Submit, b. Sept. 20, bap. 28, i m, 1703, m. June 12, 1725, Thomas 

Maudsley, Jr. 
xiv. Benjamin, bap. i, 2m, 1705. 

2. John* Cox (John'), or ''Capt." John, " Junior," was the 
son of John and Susanna (Pope) Cox of Dorchester, Mass. He 
was probably born as early as 1688. The first recorded event 
in his life which has come to our notice is that of his baptism 
which took place together with the baptism of four sisters in the 
First Church, Dorchester, March 5, 1692-3. 

He married Dec. 11, 171 2, Tabitha, the daughter of Ebenezer 
Davenport, who was born May 3, 1688. The marriage occurred 
m Dorchester, the Rev. John Danforth officiating. John and 
his wife "laid hold on ye covenant" Aug. 9, 1713. They con- 
tinued to reside in Dorchester, where most of their children were 
born, until 1729, when they removed to Falmouth, Maine. Here 
John was received into citizenship in the place of Thomas Cox, 
perhaps his deceased uncle. John received several grants of 
land in the town, some of which included what is now the 
corner of Middle and Pearl Streets, Portland, Maine. Portions 
of this property remained in the possession of John's descend- 
ants till a very recent date. Capt, John* Cox is the ancestor of 
what may be called "the old line" of Portland Coxes, and 
through his son, Capt. John^, of a line of this name centering in 
Conwallis, N. S. , and from that point extending back in several 
branches into New England. Capt. John* engaged in the fishing 

14 Cox Genealogy. 

business, and while on a trip to Pemaquid Falls, near his 
ancestral home, lost his life in a conflict with the Indians, May 
22, 1747. A single sentence from Drake's narrative of the 
incident gives us a hint of the character of the man. " All 
retreated except Capt. John Cox, who stood his ground and was 

Capt. Joseph Cox, the brother of Capt. John, who was him- 
self a resident of Falmouth at this time, was also killed. The 
two Coxes, John and Joseph, are said to be cousins of the late 
Capt. Israel Cox, of Bristol, Maine. f 

If first cousins, then their fathers were brothers, and John of 
Dorchester, the father of Capt. John and Capt. Joseph, and hus- 
band of Susanna Pope, was the son of Thomas, who was baptized 
in Beverly, June 8, 1690. But this baptism seems to have 
taken place in infancy, since Thomas's own children were not 
born until twenty years later. There appears to be the loss of 
a generation involved in Johnston's statement. 

The children of Capt. John and Tabitha (Davenport) Cox 

were : 

i. James, b. Sept. 11, bap. Sept. 13, 1713, d. Feb. 25, 1717-18. 

ii. Josiah, b. June 28, bap. July 3, 17 15. 

iii. Tabitha, b. Feb. 14, 1717-18; m. at Falmouth, Feb. 3, 1736, Joshua 

iv. John, b. Aug. 3, 1719. 

V. Dorcas, b. June 17, 1721, m. April i, 1739, Enoch Wood. 
vi. James, b. June 17, bap. July 21, 1723 ; m. 1745, Catharine Grant, d. 

vii. Esther, bap. Jan. 9, 1725-6; m. Dec. 9, 1744, Joshua Bracket, Jr. 
viii. Mercy, or Martha, bap. Nov. g, 1729, m. Joseph Bailey, Jr. 
ix. Thankful, m. ist, Samuel Hodgkins ; 2d, Pogue. 

3. William^ Cox (John') was the second son of John and Susanna 
(Pope) Cox, born at Dorchester, May 22, baptized June 24, 
1694, and "laid hold on ye Covenant "November 25, 1715- 
16. He married Feb. 9, 17 16, Thankful Maudsley, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Susanna Maudsley. He was a captain 
of infantry at the taking of Louisburg in 1758, and re- 
ceived as reward for his services a grant of land at Mt. 
Desert. William was a weaver by occupation, and with 
his wife Thankful, was living in Lynn, in 1740-51. | Their 
children were : 

*Drake's French and Indian Wars, p. 145. 

\yohnston''s Hist., Bristol, Bremen, and Pemaquid, p. 295. 

JSuffolk Deeds, Vol. 67, p. 169; Vol. 80, p. 25. 

Cox Genealogy. 1 5 

i. Samuel, b. Nov. 4; bap. Dec. 2, 1716. 

ii. Susanna, b. Feb. 21; bap. March i, 1719. 

iii. William, b. June 29; bap. Sept. 3, 1721. 

iv. Unite, b. Sept. 6; bap Sept. 29, 1723. 

V. Rebecca, b. Jan. 17; bap. Jan. 25, 1725-6, 

vi. Thankful, b. Nov. 3, 1729, at Hingham, Mass. 

vii. Rhoda, b. Feb. 26, 173 1-2. 

viii. Jesse, b. Nov. 2; bap. Nov. 17, 1734. 

ix. Lemuel, b. 1736. 

X. Phebe, d. at Maiden, Dec. 30, 1790. 

Ebenezer^ Cox (John'), of Dorchester, " Son of Goodman 
Cock, whose wife is daughter to sister Pope," baptized May 
10, 1696, married Thankful, daughter of Ebenezer and 
Dorcas Davenport, Nov. 26, 17 19. She was admitted to 
full communion in the First Church, Dorchester, Jan. 8, 
1727, and died Dec. 8, 1751. Ebenezer died Oct. 7, 1753. 
" He fell, or pitched, out of a canoe near ye wharf in Dor- 
chester, and was drowned." By occupation he was a 
cooper. Children : 

i. Mary, b. Nov. 2; bap. Nov. 11, 1722. 

. ii. Ebenezer, b. Mar. 13; bap. Mar. 26, 1725-6. 

iii. Christian, b. Mar. i; bap. Mar. 3, 1727-8; d. Oct. 12, 1729. 

iv. Christian, b. Mar. i; bap. Mar. 8, 1729-30. 

v. Dorcas, b. Aug. 19; bap. Aug. 26, 1733. 

vi. John, b. July 29; bap. Aug. 7, 1737. 

vii. Benjamin, b. Nov. 3; bap. Nov. 9, 1740. 

Thomas^ Cox (John') of Dorchester, was the son of John' 
and ''grandchild of our Sister, ye Widow Pope," and so 
by wife Susanna (Pope) Cox. He was born Aug. 22, 1697, 
laid hold on the covenant July 21, 1723, married Hephze- 
bath Davenport, daughter of Ebenezer and Dorcas Daven- 
port, July 26, 1722. His children were : 

i. Hephzebath, b. Aug. 15; bap. Aug. 18, 1723. 

ii. Sarah, b. Apr. i, 1725. 

iii. Ann, b. Aug. 22, 1726; bap. Aug 29, 1726. 

Joseph^* Cox (John') was born in Dorchester, April 8, bap- 
tized Aug. 4, 1700. He was called " Captain," though for 
what reason we have not learned. He married Nov. 29, 
1722, Elizabeth Blakman. Elizabeth " laid hold on ye 
Covenant" Apr. 5, 1724. Captain Joseph moved to Fal- 
mouth, Me., and was killed by the Indians at Pemaquid at 
the same time with his brother John, in 1747.* His 
children were : 
i. Abigail, b. 31, 1722-3; m. Apr. 2, 1741, William Pettee. 

*Drake^s French and Indian Wars, p. 145, 

Cox Genealogy. 

ii. Elizabeth, b. Aug. ii; bap. Aug. i6, 1724. 

iii. Joseph, b. Sept. 2d; bap. Sept. 11, 1726. 

iv. Benjamin, b. Feb. 14; bap. Mar. 10, 1727-8. 

V. Lemuel, b. May 29, 1733; m. May 24, 1755, Martha Stevens.- 

Ebenezer3 Cox (Ebenezer,^ John') was the son of Eben- 
ezer and Thankful (Davenport) Cox, born March 
13, baptized March 26, 1725-6. He married first, Anna, 
the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Scott. He married 
second, Elizabeth, daughter of Jonathan and Jemima 
Wright, of Wrentham, April 2, 1754. He had three 
children by his first wife, and six by the second. 
From this man and his brother Benjamin are descended 
branches of the family scattered throughout New England 
and the Middle States, to be noticed in future numbers. 
Ebenezer moved from Dorchester to Wrentham, and thence 
to Hardwick, Vermont, about 1760. He was a currier by 
trade,* and later a distinguished officer during the French 
War. His name is borne on muster rolls as lieutenant in 
1757, and captain in 1758-1762. He died March 2, 1768, 
aged 41, and his patriotism and valor are commemorated 
by the following lines on his headstone in the old ceme- 
tery at Hardwick, Vermont : 

" Beneath this stone a noble captain's laid, 

Which for his king and Country was displayed, 

His courage that no terrors could disarm. 

Nor, when he faced ye foe, his fears alarm. 

But now he's conquered, and ye silent grave 

Can boast that power ye French could never have. 

Under his care his soldiers were secure, 

Equal with them all hardships he'd endure. 

In six campayns intrepid took ye field, 

Nor to ye Gallic power would ever yield. 

At last he's gone ; we hope where wars do cease 

To spend a whole eternity in peace." 

Ebenezer's family consisted of the following children: 

i. Ebenezer, b. July 5, 1750; d. Sept. 20, 1750. 

ii. Samuel Scott, b. ; d. Nov. 10, 1751. 

iii. Samuel Scott, b. May 3, d. Sept. 8, 1753, 

iv. Anna, b. Mar. 13, 1755; m. Mar. 15, 1773, Nathan Carpenter, of Hard- 
wick. 2 children. 

V. Elizabeth, b. Sep. 13, 1757 ; m. Feb. 8, 1781, James Byram; d. Mar. 31, 

vi. Sarah, b. Feb. 4, 1759 ; d. Sept. 2, 1808; unmarried. 

vii. Jemima, b. Nov. 10, 1761 ; m. Feb. 4, 1783, Noah Hatch ; 3 children. 

viii. John Davenport, b. Mar. 24, 1765. 

ix. Hannah, b. April 2, 1767; m. Sept. 5, 1790, Eliakim Fay; 4 children. 

^Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 97, p. i85. 


A search in the records of Bristol and vicinity in England 
is being- made for the ancestry of William Cox of Pemaquid. 
who is known to have come from that' region. For this pur- 
pose about fifty dollars have been pledged by members of the 
family, but this amount is not sufficient to prosecute the 
search to a successful issue. , As there is a possibility of 
finding some will which mentions the children of William 
Cox of Pemaquid— thus supplying what is lacking in our 
records here — it is very important that this search be con- 
tinued now. An appeal is made to members of the family 
to support this undertaking by immediate contributions for 
this purpose. Any amount will be gratefully received and a 
list of the contributors, with the amounts given, will be 
printed in future numbers of this series. 

Address all communications to 

Rev. John H. Cox, 

Lexington. Mass 


William Prescott Greenlaw, Cambridge, Mass., - $25.00 

New England Cox F'amily Association, - - 10.00 

William Emerson Cox, Boston, Mass., - - 5.00 

Edwin Birchard Cox, " " - - 3.00 

Hubbard E. Cox, Reading, Mass.. - - 3.00 

Total, - - $;o.oo 

iSgg- No. 3. 

New England 








Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 

Cox Genealogy. 1 7 

I. THOMAS^ COX (William') is first brought to our attention 
as one of the eight Coxes who took the oath of freemen at Pema- 
quid, July 27, 1674.* He appears to have been a man of some 
quality among his townsmen, and Oct. 7th of the same year is 
qualified as Constable. f 

Among the material unused by Prof. Johnston in his work, 
"History of Bristol, Bremen, and Pemaquid," has been dis- 
covered a "Return of the Survey of Marsh and Upland to 
Thomas Cox, Sr." dated i6S6.| 

2. Thomas3 Cox, Jr. (Thomas^, William') Took oath as freeman 
with his father at Pemaquid, July 22, 1674. He is called 
"Fisherman." In Boston "ye 29th of September 1675," 
he acknowledges indebtedness to Daniel Davidson to the 
amount of four pounds. § At this point the family of 

*N. E. Cox Families, No. i, p. 3. 

tRecords of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, Vol. 5, p. 116. 

\ ber. ye 13 1686 

The return of the Survey of Marsh and Upland laid out to Thomas Cox Seni" 
lying and being in the Southerly side of King's Bridge and adjoining to the same 
beginning at a Spruce marked on four sides standing by the above said 
Bridge and extending twenty Poles to a stake that goes to the above said Cox 
and Penaller and from thence East South East to a Spruce marked on four Sides 
which goes to the Upland of the above said Cox and Penaller standing in the 
Woods three hundred Poles and from thence North North East twenty Poles to 
the Path Side that leads to Newharbor and from thence back to the marked Tree 
by the Bridge West South West three hundred Poles — with one acre and a 
half Salt Marsh in a Cove called Sandy Cove on the South Side of the Creek the 
Rest of the Marsh where it may be found most convenient where it is not taken 
up already. 

Surveyed and laid out for 
[On the Back] Land for Mr. (Guiles.?) Goddard. 

Thomas Cox to be patented 


§Know all Men by these Presents That I Thomas Cox Jr., of Pemaquid, in 
New England, Fisherman, do acknowledge myself and my Heirs and Assigns 
to owe and be justly indebted to Daniel Davidson of Charlestown, his Heirs and 
Assigns, the full and just sum of four Pounds of Current Money of New England 
to be paid to the said Davidson, his Heirs, Executors or Assigns, upon demand, 
and to the true Performance of which, I bind me, my Heirs, Executors 
and Assigns in the Penal Sum of Eight Pounds in Money, as Witness my Hand 
and Seal. The mark of 

Thomas C Cox & Seal 
Dated Boston, ye 29th Sept. 1675 
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered in presence of 
Nath'l Bishop Returne White 

This Bill is the Ball, of his Acct. which he owed to the estate of my father, 
and my Brother Lyndes is intrusted in one third part. Lincoln SS. 
Rec'd. Sept. 23, 1766, and accordingly entered and examined by 

Thos. Rice, Regr. 
Lincoln SS Registry of Deeds, Recorded Lib 5 Fol 62 

A true copy 

(Attest) James H. Varney Regr. 

1 8 Cox Genealogy. 

Thomas Cox disappears, unless they are to be identified 
with a Boston Family of the same name. About this time 
trouble with the Indians compelled the Pemaquid settlers 
to seek asylum in the more westerly settlements. Thomas 
may have gone to Boston with his family, where his father 
may have lived for a period before him.* 
Thomas Cox, possibly Thomas^, had wife Martha and 
children, born or recorded in Boston, as follows : 

i. Margaret, b. Nov. 3, 167 1. 
4. ii. Thomas, b. Mar. 24, 1673. 
iii. Jacob, b. Jan. 4. 1677. 

4. Thomas* Cox (Thomas3, Thomas^ William'), born Mar. 24, 

1673, had wife Sarah, and children born in Boston and 
baptized in the Old South Church, as follows: [O. S. Ch. 

i. Sarah, b. Feb. 27; bap. Mar. 6, 1697. 
ii. Mary, b. Nov. 19; bap. Nov. 26, 1699. 
5. iii. Thomas, b. Oct. 6, 1701; bap. Oct. 12, 1702. 
iv. John, b. Apr. 20; bap. Apr. 23, 1 704-5. 
V. Jacob, b. Dec. 23, 1706. 

5. Thomass Cox (Thomas*, Thomas3, Thomas-, William'), b. 

Oct. 6, 1701; bap. in the Old South Church, Boston, Oct. 

12, 1702; married, Oct. 30, 17 18, Elizabeth Gord [Boston 

Records]. Their children were: 

i. Thomas, b. Aug. 31, 17 19. 

ii. John, b. Dec. Ii, 1721. 

iii. James, b. Jan. 20, 1723. 

iv. Mary, b. Aug. 15, 1726. 

V. William, b. Nov. 11, 1728. 

vi. Joseph, b. Jan. 24,1731; d. inft. 

vii. Joseph, b. Mar. 22, 1732. 

viii. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 9. 1735. 

SHADRACK COX. The name appears as one of the Pemaquid 
oathtakers of July 22, 1674, and beyond this fact little is 
certainly known of the man. 

In the "Burgess Book " of the city of Bristol, Eng., may be 
found the following entry : 

(fo. 7. ent 1651-62) 

1651 — October — 14*^ day. Shidracke Cox, Carpenter, is ad- 
mitted in to the Lists : of the Cittie for that he married Alice, 
the daughter of John Hendris. X<J 2.. 6. 

*Thomas Cox witnessed the Will of Elizabeth Bitfield, dated 11 mo. 1663. 
— N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg. Vol. 20, p. 240. 

John Cox, the son of Thomas with consent of his sister Martha binds him- 
self an apprentice to John Alden Jr, Mariner, Dec. 5, 1689. — Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 
16, p. 54 

Cox Genealogy. jq 

A deed* given by John Brown, Sr., of Pemaquid, to Daniel 
Davidson of Charlestown, dated Oct. 25, 1670, is witnessed by 
William Cox and - Shadwath Fox." This latter name sounds 
suspiciously like Shadrack Cox at that distance. 

The account book of Capt. John Hull of Boston contains the 
following unsettled account. 

" Shadrack Cox of Pemaquid Dr. 
1671. 21. II. to Hatts & taffataf 2. 16. 

In a list of names of Coxes who signed wills in Bristol, Eng., 
the early home of the Pemaquid Family, we find that of ''Syd- 
rack Cox" in the year 1708. Perhaps he got out with the 
Indians and went home to his wife's folks. 

RICHARD COX, the last of the Pemaquid men whom we shall 
notice, was also one of the freemen who took oath in 1674. 

Richard Cox of - Winchlye," i2> years of age, was an emi- 
grant -out of the Pourt of Plimmouth," for St. Christopher's in 

John Pierce became surety for - Richard Cockee," a weaver 
and his family in Boston, in 1685. § 

*This indenture made the twenty-fifth day of October in the year of 
our Lord one thousand six hundred and seventy, between John Brown sen 
of Pemaquid mason of the one part and Daniel Davison of Charlestown in the 
Massachusetts Merchant on the other Part Witnesseth that the said John B?own 
hath given and granted, and by these Presents doth give and grant unto the S^Iid 
Daniel Davison that Part of his Lease on which the aforesaid Dan^lhath 
budded an House with twelve feet of Ground all round his House being against 
HLfn PerqS. '^"°""°'- '^'^^^ "^y ^'- ^-^ °f Indian Cove^New 

To have and to hold the same Parts of Land with all the Privileges 
A'sl^rfoJ'e'ver'vvitf "?'° '-lo»§ the said Daniel Davison his Heirs a^nd 
Assigns forever without any molestation or trouble from by or under the afore- 
other wav\utT h- Heirs or Assigns either in the h.dian trade or ^ny 
°n 1 A^' ^ ^^'"^ P^"'^' ^"^ '^'^ Assigns Quietly and freely to enjoy it with 

all the Appurtenances thereto belonging for his owne forever '^ 

year'rboTjwrTteif ''' ''''"'' ' have hereunto set my hand the day and 

Jno B Brown 

of Pemaquid Mason interlined before sic^ned "^ °^ 

In presence of us - William Cox - Shadwath Fox. Lincoln ss. 
Received Sept. 28. 1766, & accordingly entered & examined 
r ■ ■, ^ . t)y Thos Rice, Regr 

Lincoln Registry of Deeds. 

Rec. Lib 5 Fol 61. ^ ''"' '^P^' ^'^''' '• J^'"^^ H- Varney Reg 

tTaffety, a sort of silk.— PM/ips' Dictionary. 
X Hoiten's Original Lists, p. 1 53. 
%Record Commissioner' s Report. 

20 Cox Genealogy. 

The name " Richard" is common among the Beverly descend- 
ants of Thomas^, son of John^, and may indicate kinship. 


A few scattered notes referring to Maine Coxes, who have 
perhaps already been noticed in these pages, are here inserted 
for the purpose of preservation and with the hope that some one 
with more light may identify the persons mentioned in them. 

1. John Cox was living at Black Point, Maine, in 1675-6. 
— King Phillip'' s War, p. 37. 

2. William Cox owned land in Kittery (Berwick), Maine, in 

3. Thomas Cox and his wife Margaret possessed land in 
Kittery from 1711 to 171 4.* 

Edward Cox, " late of Yorkf, in ye County of York in New 
England," bought land of Job Allcock, in the year 1670. 
His wife's name was Agnes, and in 1699 ^^^ ^^ called 
"Agnes Kelley " and lives in New York. Edward had 
probably died prior to this time, and Agnes married 
again. They had a son : 
Edward b. about 1670. 

Edward^ Cox (Edward'), of Salem, Mass., gives his mother, 
Agnes Kelley, of New York, the power of attorney in 1699. 
He was probably born about 1670. His father died prior 
to 1699, a.nd his mother married again. Edward Cox 
married in Lynn, Nov. 28, 1694 [Nov. 26, 1695?] widow 
Mary Swasey, who died in Salem in Nov. 1737, aged 63 
years. He is called "Edward, Sr.," at the time of his 
wife's death. J 
Their children were : 
i. Stephen Swasey§, b. July 10, 1694. 

ii. Christian, b. May 13, 169... ; m. Oct. 27, 1722, Daniel Darling, 
iii. Mary, b. Oct. 28, 169.... 
iv. Richard, b. Dec. 19, 1700 ; died June 12, 1714. 

*York Deeds, Vol. vii. and viii. 

t York Deeds, Vol. 6. 

% York Deeds, Vol. 6. Salem Records. Essex Institutes, Vol. 13, p. 71. 

§Widow Mary's child by first husband. 

Cox Genealogy. 2 1 

V. Elizabeth, b. Apr. i6, 1703. 

vi. Edward, b. Jan. 18, 1704-5; d. Sept. 16, 1705. 

vii. Edward, b. Nov. 20, 1706, 

viii. Margaret, b, Jan. 28, 170... ; m. Sept. 20, 1726, William Stewart. 

ix. Lydia, b. Feb. 22, 1712. 

X. Ruth, b. Nov. 30, 17 14 ; m. Jan. 27, 1734, William Hasker. 

Edward3 Cox (Edward^ Edward'), son of Edward and 
Mary Swasey Cox, was born in Salem, Nov. 20, 1706. 
He [?] married first, Jan. 16, 1734, Mary Laskin ; Second, 
Oct. 5, 1738, Sarah Cheever. They had 
Edward, bap. 1 740. * 

Edward^ Cox (Edward^, Edward^, Edward'), perhaps the 
son of Edward and Sarah Cheever Cox, was bap. in the 
First Church, Salem, 1740; m. Hannah Cook of Beverly, 
Oct. 17, i769.t 

Edwards Cox (Edward^, Edward^, Edward^ Edward'), was 
perhaps the son of Edward and Hannah (Cook) Cox. He 
was a mariner. He died of fever at Hispaniola, in 1798, 
aged 27 years. He had been 4 years married, and left no 
children. His wife was a Garton. Edward Cox married 
Mary Gayton [Garton?] Aug. 17, 1794. ''His mother 
afterwards married Adams and Cane. "J 

EDWARD COX, married Nov. 28, 1751, Hannah Grover. A 
letter of administration is granted Dec. 9, 1785, to Hannah Cox, 
on the estate of Edward Cox, late of Beverly. § The children of 
Edward and Hannah Cox were : 

i. Sarah, b. Aug. 8, 1752; d. 1752. 

ii. Hannah, b. Aug. 8; bap. Sept. i. 1754. 

iii. Thomas, bap. May 18, 1760. 

iv. Sarah, b. and bap. Oct. 10, 1762. 

I, GEORGE' COX was one of the early " mariners " who 
sailed out of the Port of Salem. He married in that town Feb. 
23, 1667, Mary Mason. He was master of the " Ketch Spar- 
row " in 1682, and he or his son, probably the latter, held the 

*Essex Inst. Vol. 8, p. 74. 

\Salem Records, Vol. 4. 

XEssex Inst., Vol. 15. Salem Records. 

\Salem and Beverly Records. Essex Probate, Yo\. t,^Z, Tp. 169. 

22 Cox Genealogy. 

same relation to the "Ketch Lam" in 1699-1700. George Jr. 
signed the famous " Whightt Hors " bill of lading,* 

George Cox Sr. sold a piece of land in Salem "given by my 
father Mason to my wife " Nov. 20, 1695, and his wife's name 
was "Mary " [Essex Deeds], and "Widow Mar}'" is adminis- 
tering the estate of George Cox of Salem, Nov. 27, lyoS.f Their 
children were : 

2. i. George, b. Sept. 23, 1668. 

ii. James, b, Dec. 3, 1679; prob. m. Jan. 18, 17 10, Abigail S. Cellum. 

iii. Mary, b. June 20, 1672. 

iv. Sara, b, Sept. 8, 1674. 

2. George^ Cox (George') son of George' and Mary (Mason) 
Cox, b. in Salem, Mass., Sept. 23, 1668, was, like his 
father, a "mariner." He married Mary, the eldest daughter 
of John and Mary Ingersol, and apparently, like his father, 
married "land": "George Cox, Jr. Mariner, of Salem, 
and Mary, his wife, and Ruth Ingersol, single woman, 
daughters of John Ingersol " sell 10 acres of land Apr. 
23, 1695, to William Osburn.J George Jr. also sold 5 
acres of land to John Robertson as early as June 4, 1692-3. § 
Mary Cox is a widow in Salem in 1728, and a note in 
Salem Records names three children of "Widow Mary." 

i. Mary, b. Dec. 12, 1695. 

ii. John, b. July 27, 1799; m. ISIary; d. 1732. 

iii. George, b. May 14, 1702; d, Aug. 28, 1703. 

*l699. — Shipped by the grace of God, sn good order and well conditioned, by 
Wm. Pickering, in and upon the good Ketch, called the Lam, whereof is master 
under God, for this present voyage, George Cox, and riding at Anchor in the har- 
bour of Salem, and by God's grace bound for Antege, in ye West India, to 
say — One Whightt Hors & too new water hogsetts, for ye proper Acco'tt of 
ye above sd Wm. Pickering — being marked and numbered as in the 
Margent, and are to be delivered in the like good order and well-conditioned 
at the aforesaid Port of Antege — (the danger of the Seas only excepted) 
unto Mr. George Cox, master of ye above said Ketch, or to his Assigns, he 
or they paying freight for the said Goods, five pounds, at ye landing of ye 
above sd horse att Antege alive — with Primage and Average accustomed. 
In witness whereof the master and Purser of said Ship hath affirmed as to 
Bills of Lading all of this tenor and date; the one of which two Bills being 
accomplished the other to stand void And so God send the good Ship to 
destined rhe Port in safety, Amen. 

Dated in Salem, January ye 12, 1699-1700, mortality excepted. 

pr George Cox, junr. 
— Essex Inst. Vol. I., p. 97. 

^ Essex Probate, Vol. 309, pp. 113, 274. 

X Essex Deeds, Vol. 10, p. 1S4. 

^ Essex Deeds, Vol. 9, p. 74. 

o o 

Cox Genealogy. 23 

1. RICHARDS COX (William^ Thomas^, John^ William') 
[No. I, p. 8], of Beverly, Mass., was the son of William^ and 
Sarah (Trask) Cox. He was bapt. in Beverly, Dec. 28, 1735, 
and married Mrs. Mary (White) Brown of Wenham. They were 
published Mar. 28, 1756. Richard Cox died in 1774. His will 
was dated Jan. 12, and proved Nov. 8. His widow Mary adminis- 
ters. In Dec. 1782, she is also appointed guardian of Deborah, 
gead 16, and Samuel, aged 13, and Brown, aged 11, "all children 
of Richard Cox, late of Beverly, Mariner."* June 17, 1775, 13s 
4d was paid to " widow Mary Cox " for blankets found her son 
in service of the colony. The children of Richard and Mary 
Cox were: 

2. i. William, b. May 22; bapt. Sept. 4, 1757. 

ii. Richard, b. Mar. 14; bapt. Mar, 18, 1759; d. inft. 
iii. Richard, b. May 13; bapt. May 16, 1762. m. Judith Chapman, 
iv. Mary, bapt. Jan. 13, 1765; d. inft. 

V. Deborah, b. Nov. 20; bapt. 23, 1766. m. Feb, 19, 1788, Capt. Asa 

3. vi. Samuel, b. Apr. 18; bapt. 23, 1769. 

vii. Nathaniel Brown, b. May 13, bapt. 19, 1771; d. Oct. 28, 1851, unm. 
viii. Edward, b. Sept. 4, 1773; d. young. 

2. William^ Cox (Richards, William4, Thomas^, John% Wil- 

liam'), of Beverly, was the son of Richard and Mary (White 
Brown) Cox, born in Beverly, May 22, bapt. Sept. 4, 1757. 
He married ist, Sarah Batchelder. She died Aug. 22, 
1819, aged 60 years. He married 2d, Mrs. Judith Wallis. 
Children : 

i. Mary, b. Apr. 21, 1785; m. Apr. 18, 1805, Joseph Herrick. 
ii. Nancy, b, Feb. 18, 1788; m. Nathaniel Trask. 
iii. William, b. Jan. 4, 1801; d. young. 

3. Samuel^ Cox (Richards, William*, Thomas3, John% Wil- 

liam'), of Beverly, was the sixth child and fourth son of 
Richards and Mary (White Brown) Cox, born in Beverly 
Apr. 18, bapt. 23, 1769. He was a sea captain. He mar- 
ried May 6, 1798 Abigail Ellenwood, who died in Beverly, 
Aug. II, 1824, aged 50. Samuel died in Philadelphia, Pa., 
Aug. 15, 181 5. Their children M'ere : 
i. Samuel, b. Apr. 16, 1800; d. Jan. 12, 1802. 
ii. Sarah Jane, b. Nov. 5, 1802. 

*Essex Probate, Vol. 350, p. 509 ; Vol. 355, p, 506. 

24 Cox Genealogy. 

iii. Samuel West, b. Aug. 25, 1805; m. Alice Manning; d, June 19, 1849, 

no children, 
iv. Deborah, b. Aug. 24, 1807; m. June 14, 1834, Dr. Augustus Torrey. 
V. Lucy Waters, b. Sept. 18, 181 1. 

RICHARD4 cox (ThomasJ, Johns William') [No. i, p. 7], of 
Beverly, son of Thomass and Hannah Cox, was bapt. Aug. 14, 
1692, Like his father he followed a seafaring life as "mariner" 
or "fisherman," and was drowned in 1745-6. His brother 
William administers the estate in Jan. 1746.* His sister Han- 
nah, who married Nathaniel Clark in 1733, gives a receipt for 
her share of her brother Richard's estate to her brother William, 
"Executor." John [Jonathan?] Phelps and Judith Phelps, and 
Ebenezer Cox also gave receipts, and call Richard their 
"Uncle, "f Richard probably died unmarried. 

OSMAN5 COX (William^ Thomas3, JohnS William') [No. i, 
p. 8], of Beverly, son of William and Sarah (Trask) Cox, was 
bapt. May 13, 1744. He mar. Nov. 19 (pub. Sept. 6) 1767, 
Sarah Tuck. She d. Feb. 29, 1824, aged 80. Children : 

i. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 29, 1768; bapt. Apr. 30, 1769; m. June 17,1810, 

John Fielder. 
ii. Osmon, bapt. Aug. 26, 1770. 
iii. Sarah, b. Nov. 25; bapt. Dec. I, 1771. 
iv. Deborah, b. Mar. 17, 1777 ; d. Dec. 1841. 

GEORGE THOMAS? COX (Hugh^, Ebenezers, Thomas*, 
Thomas3, John% William') [No. 2, p. 9], was the son of Hugh^ 
and Mary (Dunbar) Cox. He was born in Hallowell, Me., Oct. 
16, 1813 ; m. Dec. 2, 1838, Abigail Sargent. He died in Farm- 
ingdale. Me., Dec. 28, 1898. Their children were all born in 

i. Abbie J., b. Mar. 2, 1840; m. Apr. 16, 1884, Thomas C. Foss; d. Leeds, 

Oct. 25, 1 89 1, 
ii. Hariet F., b. Nov. 9, 1841; m. Dec. 25, 1874, Walter C. Foss. 
iii. Helen M., b. July 12, 1843. 
iv. Mary L., b. June 4, 1845; d. June 2, 1846. 
V. Sarah E., b. May 30, 1848; m. ist. May 1, 1870, Thomas Loring. He 

died Apr. 13, 1876. m. 2d, Apr. 29, 1890, Frank D. Perry. 

*Essex Probate, Vol. 323, p. 217. 
\Essex Probate, Vol. 329, pp. 402-3. 

IQOO- No. 4. 

New England 








Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 

Cox Getiealogy. 25 

I. ROBERT COX, of Marblehead, was a member of a mili- 
tary company composed of men from Marblehead and Salem, 
and commanded by one Captain Gardiner, in the year 1675. 
The Company was engaged in the war with the noted Indian 
King Philip, and Robert Cox was wounded, Dec. 16-19, of 
that year.* In the same company was enrolled one James 
Cox, also from Marblehead. Robert named his first child, 
James. Was the first James Robert's father ? 

In an inventory of the estate of William Pease, of Salem, 
dated April 29, 1678, three years later, mention is made of seven 
barrels of mackerel, shipped to the Barbadoes by Robert Cox.f 
The name of Robert's first wife has not yet been discovered. 
He appeared in Scituate, according to Dean, about 1690, where 
his first four children were born, or at least recorded. I Dean 
says that Robert married Mary, the daughter of Edward Jenkins, 
but Edward Jenkins speaks of his daughter Mary, as the wife of 
William Cox.§ Dean also calls William Cox, of Scituate, " the 
brother " of Robert, but the evidence is not given. 

Robert Cox married in Scituate, Oct. 5, 1703, Mrs. Agnes Kent, 
the widow of Joshua Kent, of Boston, who had by her former 
husband three children, Joshua, John, and Agnes. (The Kents 
were of Scituate.) Robert shortly afterwards moved with his 
family to Boston, where he engaged in the business of a fisher- 
man. He lived on Prince Street, where he owned considerable 
property and where his second family of six children were born. 
The Prince Street property he leaves by his will to be divided 
among his heirs.]] Robert Cox died between May 28 and July 

*Mass. Archives, Vol. 68, p. 104. 

^Essex Probate, Vol. 2. Robert Cox of Boston, was " a fisherman." 
XHistory of Scituate, Samuel Dean, p. 238. Scituate Town Record. 
%Plymouth Deeds and Probate. 


||In the Name of God Amen the Twenty-eight Day of May One thousand 
Seven hundred & thirty-one. I Robert Cock of Boston in New England, Fisher- 
man being weak of Body but of Perfect Mind & Memory Thanks be Given un .0 
God Therefore calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it 
is appointed for all Men once 10 Dye do make and Ordain this my Last Will & 
Testament. That is to Say Principally & first of all I Give and Recomend my 
Soul unto the hands of God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth 
to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executor nothing 
Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the 
mighty Power of God and as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it has 
pleased God to bless me in this Life I Give Devise & Dispose of the same in the 
following manner & form. 


26 Cox Genealogy. 

26, 1731. The will makes Samuel, his son, his Executor, but 
the Probate Record names James for that place. The estate i& 
finally settled in 1745, by Matthew ; James, Samuel, and Andrew 
having died, Samuel " without heirs." Joanna and Ruth, not 
being mentioned in the will, were probably dead prior to 1731. 
" Granddaughter Ruth " was perhaps the daughter of Elias, 
If so, she was less than one month old at the making of the 
will. In the final order for the division of the estate in 1745, 
one third was given to Elias, one third to the heirs of Andrew, 
and the remaining third to Matthew.* The children of Robert 
Cox were : 

2. i. James, b. Dec. I, 1693. 

3. ii. William, b. Aug. 25, 1695. 

4. iii. Robert, 

iv. Jane, b. May II, 1697. m. July 20, 1721, Walter Edmunds. 
V. Margaret, b. June 6, 1699. m. Nov. 19, 1719, Luke Stone, 
vi. Joanna, b. Jan. i, 1704. 

5. vii. Elias, b. Mar. 28, 1 707. 
viii. Ruth, b, Nov. 9, 1709. 

6. ix. Samuel, b. April 17, 1712. 

7. X. Andrew, b. Feb. 7, 1 7 14. 

8. xi. Matthew^, b. Mar. 23, 1717. 

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto Agnes Cock my Dearly Beloved Wife 
the front Lower Room and Shop adjoining to it & Movables During her Widow- 
hood and the Rent of the front chamber and the Easterly Shop till my Son 
Matthew Cock comes of age. 

Item. I give unto my Eldest Son James Cock Twelve pounds also unto my 
Son William Cock Twelve Pounds I give unto my Son Robert Cock Twelve 
Pounds I give unto my Daughter Jane Edmunds Twelve Pounds. I give 
unto my Daughter Margaret Stone Twelve pounds I give unto my 

Son Joshua I give unto my Son John Kent Eight Pounds I give unto 

my daughter Agnes Pierce Ten Pounds. Now I do Constitute make & ordain 
my Son Samuel Cock my Sole Executor of this my Last will & Testament. 
Item. I give unto my grand Daughter Ruth Cock one Bed and what belongeth 
to it when she comes of age And Give unto my Sons Elias Samuel Andrew and 
Matthew Cock all my Estate Equally to be Divided between sd four Sons they 
Paying the aforementioned Legacies and I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke 
Disannul all and every other former Testaments wills Legacies and Bequest 
Executor or Executors by me any ways before Named willed and Bequeathed 
Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will & Testament. In 
witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my Hand and Seal the Day and Year 
above Written. 

My Will is further that my Son Elias Cock shall have the Kitchen and the 
Chamber over it and the Eastward Shop paying his Mother Eight pounds a year 
till my Son Matthew Cock comes of Age. 

Robert cock & a Seal 

Signed Sealed Published pronounced & Declared by the sd Robert Cock as- 
his Last Will & Testament in the Presence of us the Subscribers. 

Thomas Webber 

Mary tomson 

Geo. Parsons 

*Suffolk Deeds and Probate, 

Cox Genealogy, 27 

James* Cox (Robert') of Boston, was the eldest son of 
Robert Cox by his first wife, name unknown, born in 
Scituate, Dec. i, 1693. Like his father, he was a " fisher- 
man." He owned property, ** house and land " on Wing's 
Lane." He married Sept. 19, 1718, Alice Ingraham, of 
Boston, by whom he had eight children. James Cox and 
Alice his wife, and other members of the Ingraham family, 
relinquished their claim to certain property formerly in the 
possession of "our honored mother, Lydia Ingraham, 
deceased," "received from our grandmother, Katherine 
Douce," Dec. 28, 1721.* James* Cox died prior to Dec. 6, 
1745, at which time his will, dated Aug. 15, 1743, is 
offered for probate. His widow Alice is named sole execu- 
trix ; and all his property, real and personal, falls to her 
on condition that she remain his widow : otherwise it is to 
go to the children.f On account of sickness in the year 
1750, widow Alice sells a portion of this property to Samuel 
Cox, "fisherman," of Marblehead, who is probably the 
eldest son. I Samuel Cox, of Lynn, a descendant of this 
Samuel, and now in his eigthtieth year, remembers that his 
grandfather's people used to visit relatives in Boston. 
The children of James and Alice (Ingraham) Cox, record 
of baptisms in Brattle Street Church, were : 
i. Alice, b, Aug. 15; bap. 16, 1719, 
ii. SamueL b. Jan. 3, 1720. d. inft. 

). iii. Samuel, b. Nov. 26; bap. Dec. 6, 1724. 

iv. Sarah, b. Oct. 29, 1726; prob. m. in Dorchester, July 18, 1754, Edward 

V. Hannah, b. June 15; bap. 16, 1728. 

t. vi. Benjamin, b. Feb. 28, 1729; bap. Feb. 15, 1730. 
vii. Joseph, b. Mar, 29, 1733. 

viii, Hannah, b. Feb. 21, 1738; prob. m. Thos. Cristy, Oct. 28, 1760; d, 
Oct. 16, 1798. Buried, Copps Hill. 

William* Cox (Robert'), the second son of Robert by his 
first wife also lived in Boston. He was born in Scituate 
Aug. 25, 1695. He married in Boston, Nov. 23, 1719, 
Elizabeth Ridgeway of that city, a granddaughter of John 
Ridgeway, of Pemaquid, Me. He is called in the records 
" Housewright " and also " Marriner." His name, to- 

* Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 35, p. 236. 

^Suffolk Probate, Vol 38. p. 204. 

XSuffolk DeedSy Vol. 80. p. 104. 

i8 Cox Genealogy. 

gether with that of his wife Elizabeth, appears on several 
papers for the transfer of property in the Suffolk Registry 
of Deeds in 1725 to 1727, He died early in the year 1736, 
and his estate proved insolvent. His widow survived him. 
Among his effects is mentioned '• a gun " and " a sword 
and belt." Perhaps William spent some time " soldiering " 
when he should have been carpentering. Luke Stone, 
husband of his sister Margaret, and James Ridgeway assist 
in settlement of the estate. James Ridgeway is called 
his "brother-in-law," and named administrator. The 
children were baptized at the North Church : 
i. William, b. and bap. Aug. 28, 1720. m. Jan. 26, 1743, Sarah Thomas, 
ii. Elizabeth, bap. Oct. 14, 1722, 
iii. John, b. Apr. 13; bap. 19, 1724, 
II. iv. Samuel, b. Mar. 24; bap. 27, 1726. 
V. Hannah, bap. Feb. 11, 1727-8. 
vi. Robert, bap. Apr. 12, 1730. 

4. Robert* (Robert'). Of this man we can learn next to nothing. 

His name occurs in the will of Robert' by virtue of which 
he received his portion of the paternal estate as "my son 
Robert Cock." But no record of his birth, marriage or death 
is yet found in Scituate or Boston. His place among the 
children has been assigned him simply from the order of 
mention in the will of Robert', and probably does not 
indicate order of birth. 

Robert Cox, of Lebanon, Conn., married Ruth Howard, 
Nov. 9, 1726*. Robert^? Robert Cox, of Boston, perhaps 
Robert*, had Mary baptized (2nd Church) Mar. 20, 1737. 

5. Elias* Cox (Robert'), was the first son and second child of 

Robert' and Agnes (Kent) Cox, born in Boston, Mar. 28, 
1707. He is called " Cordwainer " and lived with his 
father on Prince Street. He married Elitha Hawkins, Nov. 
4, 1728, and died in 1750. Letter of administration is 
granted to Isaac Pierce, who called Elias* his uncle. He 
was probably the son of Isaac Pierce, who married Agnes 
Kent, the half sister of Elias*. Mary, daughter of Elias* 
aged about 15, and Elias, son of Elias*, aged about 17, 
chose Isaac Pierce guardian on the death of their father 
in 1750. " Aliter " Cox (Elitha ?) was admitted to mem- 

* Early Conn. Marriages, Book 2, p. 13. 

Cox Genealogy. 29 

bership in the New North Church, Sept. 14, 1729. The 
children of Elias and Elitha (Hawkins) Cox baptized in 
the New North Church were : 
i. Robert, bap. Oct. 26, 1729. 

ii. Ruth, bap. May 2, 1731 ; m.(?) Feb. 21, 1754, Samuel Russel of Cam- 
iii. Elias, bap. June 17, 1733. 
iv. Mary, bap. Sept, 14, 1735. 
V. Aliter, bap. June 25, 1738. 

Samuel' Cox (Robert'), of Boston, was the son of Robert' 
and Agnes (Kent) Cox, born in Boston, Apr. 17, 171 2, and 
died prior to Dec. 29, 1744, "without heirs." He was 
appointed administrator of the will of his father, but died 
before the estate was settled. He may have been the 
Samuel Cox who married Mary Gould in Marblehead, Dec. 
I, 1735. The evidence is slight. In the old Granary 
Cemetery, Boston, is a foot-stone (left side of path leading 
from main entrance, Tremont St.) lettered, *' Mr. Samuel 
Cox." Does it mark the last resting place of the man 
'* without heirs ? " 

Andrew^ Cox (Robert'), of Boston, was the son of Robert' 
and Agnes (Kent) Cox, born in Boston, Feb. 7, 1714. He 
married Aug. 5, 1736, Mary Pratt, and died about 1745, 
leaving children not named, who became heirs to his 
portion of his father's property. Andrew Cox was received 
into membership in the Second Church, Mar. 4, 1733, and 
had : 
Hannah, bap. Apr. 8, 1739. 

Matthew^* Cox (Robert'), of Cambridge, was by trade "a 
tanner." He was born in Boston, Mar. 23, 1717, and was 
the youngest son of Robert' and Agnes (Kent) Cox. He 
married Elizabeth Russell of Cambridge in 1739, and lived 
in a cottage on what is now the west side of Massachusetts 
Avenue, a little north of the railroad station at North 
Cambridge. He was killed by an accident Feb. 18, 1756. 
The Boston News Letter, dated Feb. 19, 1756, contains the 
the following Cambridge Item. 

"Yesterday, toward the setting sun, Mr. Matthew Cox of 
this town, fell from an apple tree that he was pruning and 
breaking his neck died instantly whose sudden death is 
very much lamented having left a sorrowful widow and 

30 Cox Genealogy. 

eight young children and she in daily expectation of increas- 
ing the number of the fatherless." 

In 1^746 Matthew^ gave a deed of land in Boston which he 
described as "being a part of my honored father, Robert 
Cox's estate " and mentioned Elias Cox and Andrew Cox as 
coheirs. Matthew^ Cox was admitted into membership of 
the old First Church, Cambridge, Dec. 30, 1739; his , wife 
Elizabeth April 17, 1742. Widow Elizabeth Cox died prior 
to Feb. 1768, and Walter and Samuel, her sons, administer.* 
The children of Matthew^ and Elizabeth (Russell) Cox were 
ten. Of the six boys who lived to mature years, five at least 
have a Revolutionary War record : 

i. Elizabeth, bap. Jan. 20, 1739-40; m. July 24, 1766, Henry Dbcon. 
ii. Agnes, bap. Mar. I, 1740-1. m. May 14, 1778, James Philips, 
iii. Walter, b. Dec. 15; bap. 19, d. 26, 1742. 

12. iv. Walter, b. 1744. 

13. V. Samuel, bap. Sept. 28, 1746. 

14. vi. Matthew, bap. m. 27, 1 748. 

15. vii. William, bap. Apr. 8, 1750. 

16. viii. Joseph, bap. 1752. 

ix. Phoebe, bap. Apr. 14, 1754. m. June 24, 1777, John Hobbsof Boston. 

17. X. Benjamin, b. Mar. 7, 1756. 

9. Samuel^ Cox (James^, Robert'), was probably the son of 
James and Alice (Ingraham) Cox, born in Boston, Nov. 26, 
and baptized Dec. 6, in Brattle Street Church, 1724. He 
was a Marblehead fisherman. He purchases land of his 
mother, widow Alice, in 1750, and marries Hannah Stacy, 
of Marblehead, Apr. 22, 1752. Samuel3 Cox sells this land 
in 1759, ^"^*^ h^^ wife's name is " Hannah." William Main 
sells land to Samuel Cox in Marblehead, in 1778. Samuel 
Cox, Joseph Cox (probably his brother), and James Cox 
were in the Continental service from Marblehead.f Samuel 
was in the Company of Capt. Thomas Grant, 21st Regi- 
ment, Col. John Glover, the famous " Marine Regiment. "J 
Samuel Cox *' late of Marblehead, fisherman," and his wife 

* Middlesex Probate, 3576. 
Records First Church, Cambridge. 
Family Bible. F. A. Cox, Camiridg^eport. 
Paige's Hist, of Cambridge. 
Cutler's Hist, of Arlington. 

^ History of Marblehead, p. 403. 

XMass. Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution^ p. 702. 

i. Elizabeth, « 

ii. Sarah, ' 

V. Benjamin, ' 

V. Lydia, ' 

vi John, ' 

vii. Mar)', 

viii. John, 

Cox Genealogy. 31 

Hannah, died about 1798. Both wills are probated on the 

same day.* The children of Samuel^ and Hannah (Stacy) 

Cox were probably : 

i. Samuel t, m. Anna Croof, June 13, 1782. 

ii. William, m. Sarah Main: had dau. Hannah, b, Nov. 27, 1788. 

iii. James, m. Margaret Standley, Sept. 25, 1783. 

Benjamin^ Cox (James^ Robert'), of Boston, was probably 
the son of James^ and Alice (Ingraham) Cox, born in Boston, 
Feb. 28, 1729. He married^ Oct. 9, 1752, Elizabeth Man- 
warring. Benjamin and Elizabeth Cox had children bap- 
tized in the Old South Church : 
i. Elizabeth, bap. Sept. 9, 1753, d. inft. 

Oct. 24, 1756. 

June 7, 1759. 

Nov. 6, 1760. 

Nov. 14, 1762 

Aug. 26, 1764, d. inft. 

Dec. 22, 1765. 

Feb. 21, 1768. 

II. Samuel3 Cox (William^ Robert'), was a Boston man, although 
owning property and marrying two women in Dorchester. 
He was the son of William^ and Elizabeth (Ridgeway) Cox, 
born in Boston, Mar. 24, 1726, and baptized three days 
later in the New North Church. His first wife was Sarah 
Rogers, of Dorchester, who was born May 20, 1733. The}' 
were married May 23, 1750, and had ten children. Mrs. 
Sarah died in childbirth Apr. 10, 1767. The child also 
died with the mother. Samuel^ married second, Sept. 15, 
1767, widow Elizabeth Bird, of Dorchester, by whom he 
had nine children. Twins close the living series in each 
case. Of the children, Joseph, Susanna, Patience and 

*The original papers are in the possession of Samuel Cox of Lynn, great 
grandson of SamueP. 

tA child of Samuel and Hannah (Anna.') d. Sept. 13, 1821." 

— Marblehead Rtcords. 
Other Cox marriages in Marblehead yet unidentified were : 

Mary Cox m John Narman, Sept. 5, 1720. 

Alice Cox " John Lee, Aug. 10, 1773. 

Elias Cox " Katherine Proctor, Dec. 7, 1753. 

Elizabeth Cox " Francis Goss, Jan. 15, 1775. 

Hannah Cox " Edward Brown, May 4, 1783. 
The first names of these Coxes are common in the Robert line, and they 
probably belong to the family. 

\Nev> North Church Records. 

32 Cox Genealogy. 

Isaac were all baptized Sept. 5, 1785, at their home, four 
of them being sick at the time. Samuel^ was a man of good 
business ability and "■ got on in the world prosperously." He 
has several records in Suffolk Registry of Deeds, in one of 
which he is called " Cordwinder." John Cox, probably 
his son is witness to one transaction, and a second is with 
his son Henry Cox. Samuels has also a war record for 
revolutionary service.* He served at Lexington, Dor- 
chester and Long Island. The childrenf of Samuel^ Cox 
were : 
19. i. William, b. Jan. 26, 1751. 

ii. Sarah, b. Oct. 27; bap. 28, 1752; d. May 15, 1754, 
iii. Sarah, b, Nov. 9; bap. 10, 1755; d. May 80, 1773. 
iv. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 28; bap. Mar. 13, 1757. 
V. Experience, b. Mar. 11 ; bap. Apr. I; d. Nov. 18, 1759. 
30. vi. Samuel, b. Oct. 6; bap. 12, 1760. 

vii. John, b. Oct. 12; bap. 14, 1763; d. May 9, 181 3. 

^.j ( Thomas, b. Dec. 18, 1764; bap. Jan. 13, 1765. Thos. d. May, 1796. 
( Hannah. 

X. "dead bom." 

Henry, b. May 30; bap. June 26, 1768. 
Robert, b. Nov. 19, 1769. 
Joseph, b. Feb. 5, 1771. 
Benjamin, b. Sept. 26, 1773. 

Susanna, b. Mar. 30, 1775; m. Sept. i, 1810, Joseph Robinson ; d. Apr. 
4, 1865. 

24. xvi. Lemuel, b. July 22, 1777 ; m. Sept. 24, 1808, Mary Brown Bell ; d. in 

xvii. Patience, b. Apr. 13, 1779; m. (i) Jan. 4, 1804, Josiah Randall; m. 

(2) Jacob Varnum Green, nephew of Gen. Nathaniel Green ; m. (3) Rev. 

Jonathan Smith, 
xviii. Ruth, b. Aug. 10, 1781 ; m. Dec. 13, 1804, Jesse Fowler, Jr. 

25. xix. Isaac, b. Aug. 10, 1781. 









*Mass. Soldiers and Sailors, Vol. IX., p. 54. 

tSamuel's^ note book, in possession of Mrs. Rachel Hyde, Arlington Heights 



The Third Annual Reunion of the Historical and Genea- 
logical Association of New England Cox Families was held 
at Pierce Hall, Copley Square, Boston, October ii, 1899. 

The afternoon was occupied socially until four o'clock, 

'hen a short business meeting was held, and officers elected for 

the ensuing )ear. After this the inner man (and woman) was 

refreshed by a collation, and a number of college and patriotic 

songs were given a vigorous rendering. 

During the evening a paper on " Pemaquid, the Eden of the 
Cox Family," by Dr. Gardner Cox of Holyoke, was read ; and 
another on " The Coxes in the War of the Revolution," by Mr. 
Edward Jones Cox of Newtonville. Good music was furnished 
by the Pierce Hall pianist ; and two members of the family, 
Mrs. Helen Poland Lockhart and Mrs. Myrtle Darling, very 
kindly sang, and were enthusiastically received. Miss Ethel M. 
•Cox of Lexington, added to the pleasure of the occasion by 
reading an appropriate selection. The President, Mr. Henry 
-Packard Cox of Portland, urged all to identify themselves with 
'.the Association by becoming members ; and the Historian, Rev. 
John Hosmer Cox, made an earnest request that each one should 
fil out a genealogical blank. 

The third number of the Cox Gf.nealocv was ready for 

Daring the afternoon meeting Mr. Liberty Emery Holden 
of Cleveland, expressed his sympathy and interest in a few 
well-chosen words. 

The attendance was not so large as it was hoped it might 
, but all protested that it was "the best yet." 

igoo. No. 5, 

New England 








Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 

Cox Genealogy. 33 

HANNAH COX appears as one of a number of persons 
described as, " Wee whose names are under written being 
Legall propiators of ye Comon and undivided Lands in ye 
township of Salem by ye Laws of this Province having Cottages 
or dwelling places before ye year 1661."* 

FRANCIS COX took passage from Barbadoes for New England, 
Aug. 25, 1679, in the ship, ''John and James," Giles Hamlin 
Commander, f Tradition has it that two brothers, Francis and 
Benjamin Cox, came to Salem some time prior to 1700, and 
settled there. \ The following may be their descendants. 

1. BENJAMIN' COX of Salem, married in Lynn, June 13, 1706, 

Anne Prettine, He died about 1734-5, and his widow 
Anne is appointed executrix. Benjamin Cox of Salem, 
" fisherman " by wife Anne had children :§ 

2. i. Benjamin. 

3. ii. William. 

4. iii. Francis, b. Aug. 19, 17 19. (?) 

5. iv. John, b. July 19, 1723. 
V. Ann. 

2. Benjamin^ Cox, (Benjamin' ?) of Salem, married July 10, 

1734, Katherine Daland, of Salem. Benjamin Cox, of 

Salem, whose wife's name was Katherine, died about 1779- 

80, leaving in his will property to the following children, 

the last three probably being married. 

i. Benjamin. 

ii. Katherine. 

iii. Ann Blaney. 

iv. Hannah Richards. 

V. Margaret Alley. 

3. William^ Cox (Benjamin'), married in Salem, 1733, Mary 

Stevens, " Both of Salem," and William Cox wife, Mary, 

had children : jj 

i. Mary, bap. 1734. 
ii. "William, bap. 1736. 
iii. Edward, bap. 1740. 

41 Francis^ Cox (Benjamin'?), of Salem, son (brother?) of Benja- 
min' and Anne (Prettine) Cox, b. Aug. 19, 1719. "Francis 
Cox married Mary Daland, Jan. 21, i74i-2,"and "Francis 

*Genealogical Register, Vol. 7. 
MIotterCs Original Lists, p. 360. 
JFrancis' Cox, Salem, b. July 27, 1817. 
%Salem Records. Essex Probate 320 : 189. 
WEssex Institutes, Vol. 8, p. 13, 74. 


34 Cox Genealogy. 

Cox married Widow Mary Gale, Mar. 3, 1757." "Widow 
Mary Cox died July 29, 1782, aged 63." Guardianship 
of Francis Cox, aged about 8, and Mercy Cox, aged about 
6, and Polly Cox, aged about 4, all children of Francis 
Cox, ** marriner " of Salem, is granted Dec. 6, 1782, to 
Daniel Thelt. Benjamin Cox, son of Francis, administers 
the estate (same date) who gives bond with Jonathan 
and Samuel Very. In the order for division "widow 
Mary" is named in 1782. Benjamin's account is rendered 
July 9, 1783.* 

6. i. Benjamin, b. 1743 (?) 
ii. Francis, b. 1774. 

iii. Mercy, b. 1775-6 ; m. May 26, 1794, Thos. Bickford. 
iv. Polly, b. 1778, 

5. John* Cox (Benjamin'?), of Salem, the son of Benjamin 

and Anne (Prettine) Cox, was born July 19, 1723. He 

married Elizabeth Tapley, and their children were : 

i. Gilbert, b. Nov. 7, 1743 ; m. Susan Tuck, Sept. 7, 1764. 

ii. John b. Apr. 14, 1746 ; d. Aug. 14, 1747. 

iii. John, b. Sept. 16, 1748. 

iv. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 27, 1750 ; d. Jan. 9, 1751. 

V. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 17, 1751- 

vi. Lydia, b. Dec. 15, 1753. 

vii. Margaret, b. Aug. 27, 1755. 

6. Capt. Benjamin^ Cox (Francis' Benjamin"), son of Francis 

and Mary (Gale) Cox was born 1743, and died at St. Pierre 
and Martinique, in 1788. He married Dec. 4, 1768, Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Bickford) Very. 
Elizabeth (Very) Cox was born July 8, 1727, and died Aug. 
20, 1820. They had two sons and one daughter. 

7. i. Benjamin, b. Sept. 8, 1779. 
ii. Francis, b. 1781. d. 1791. 

iii. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 7, 1787 ; d. June 21, i860. 

Benjaminf of Salem, marriner, widow Elizabeth adminis- 
tratrix, 1789. Order for division of above estate given 
widow Elizabeth: " yi the remainder to be divided into two 
equal parts," 1801. (Francis dead.) Guardianship of 
Betsey, a minor more than 13 years of age, dau. of 
Capt. Benjamin, late of Salem, marriner diseased, is 
granted to Elizabeth, who gives bond with Benjamin Jr., 
June 29, 1801.J 

*Essex Probate, Vol. 355, p. 436, 520. Vol., 356, p. 212. 
\Essex Probate, 10-148. 
\Essex Probate, 369-400. 

Cox Genealogy. 1143071 35 

Benjamin4 Cox (Benjamins, Francis^ Benjamin^), of Salem, 

merchant, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Very) Cox, was 

born Sept. 8, 1779. He married Nov. 5, 1804 (Salem 

Records) or Mar. 13, 1803, (Franciss), Sarah Smith, born 

May 21, 1785, died Nov. 20, 1873 ; Benjamin-* died Dec. 

12, 1863. Their nine children were : 

i. Eliza, b. Sept. 23, 1803 ; d. Nov. 8. 1888, unmarried. 

ii. Benjamin, b. Jan. 9, 1806. 

iii. Francis, b. Feb. 16, 1808. d. May 20, 1813. 

iv. Sarah, b. Nov. 27, 1810. m. Albert G. Brown, d. Oct. 28, 1885. 

V. Edward, b. Jan. 6, 1813. 

vi. Mehitable, b. Nov. 9, 1815. m. John Pickering, d. May 21, 1879. 

vii. Francis, b. July 27, 1817, d. Nov. 12, 1898. 

viii. Mary Ann, b. Sept. 11, 1820. d. Nov. 26, 1888, unmarried. 

ix. Edward, b. Aug. 12, 1823. 

Benjamins Cox (Benjamin^ Benjamins Francis^ Benjamin'), 

son of Benjamin* and Sarah (Smith) Cox, b. in Salem 

Jan. 9, 1806. Graduated at Harvard University, class of 

1826. He was a physician. He married Susan S. Daland, 

by whom he had two children. Dr. Benjamin Cox died 

Nov. 30, 1871. 

i. Benjamin, d. June 7,1894. 
ii. Sarah Daland, b. 1866. 
Benjamin^ Cox (Benjamin^, Benjamin'*, Benjamins, Francis^, 
Benjamin'), son of Dr. Benjamins and Susan S. (Daland) 
Cox, married Sarah Howard, widow of Henry R. Daland, 
Dec. 30, 1841. He died in Boston, June 7, 1894. 

PHILIP COX, of Dorchester, was an apprentice to a Mr. 

Cousins, of Boston, in the year 1649.* Philip Cox, of Salem, 

and his wife Remember Cox, had children born in Salem, and 

one at least, Henry, baptized in the First Church. Philip's 

widow apparently married a second time, for: "Bartholomew — 

married Remember Cox, Apr. 24, 1712." Children of Philip 

Remember Cox were :f 

i. Moses, b. Dec. 20, 1686. 

ii. Philip, b. July - - 1689. 

iii. Henry, b. Sept. - 1691-2. bap. 1699. 

iv. Elias, b. Sept. 20, 1694. 

Thomas Cox, a shoemaker born in Salem, died in Cambridge, J 
April 6, 1847, aged 83 years, married : buried in Ward 2, 
lot 218. 

*Suffolk Deeds, Vol. i, p. 295. 

\Salem Records. Essex Institutes, Vol. 7, p, 173. 

XCatnb. Records, Vol. 4, p. 180, 197. 


Cox Genealogy. 

Rhoda, widow of the late Thomas Cox, died of old age in 
Cambridge, July 15, 1848, aged 75 : buried lot 218 (ob A. H). 




























Sarah S. 




Francis R. 



m Thos. Kenney, Nov. 10 1702. 

" Joseph Cook, Aug. 14, 1706. 

" Deliverance Clarke, Nov. 5, 1723. 

" David Griffin, June 7, 1723. 

" Sarah Mansfield, Dec. 23, 1723. 

Mary Staples, (both of S.) Nov. 9 

" John Leath Jr., Dec. 25, 1735. 

" Elizabeth Tapley, May 15, 1743- 

" Joseph Brown Jr., June 5, 1753. 

" Solomon Carter, June 18, 1763. 

" Walter Richards, Mar. 26, 1766. 

" John Ryan, June 16, 1769. 

" W^illiam Robins, Aug. 18, 1771. 

" John Conelly, Oct. 4, 1773. 

" James Cheever, Aug. 28, 1774. 

" John Tucker, Aug. 23, 1774. 

" Jacob " Aug. 21, 1774. 

" Chas Cole, Oct. 9, 1774. 

" George Leach, Sept. 17, 1780. 

" Wm. Adams, June 12, 1781. 

" Samuel Bishop, Dec. 13, 1787. 

Robert Watts, Dec. 31,1788. 

" Benj. Daniels, Mar. 28, 1791. 

" Joseph Orne, Nov. 5, 1791. 

" Pierson Beckford, June 9, 1793. 

" James Mussey, July 19, 1795. 

" John Jacob Rochsein, Aug. 22, 1799. 

" Wid. Ellis Cushman, Nov. 27, 1803. 

" Abigail Nichols, Dec. i, 1805. 

" Albert G. Brown, Apr. 10, 1834. 

Chas. B. Fillebrown, Apr. i, 1834. 

" Olive Phillips, Dec. 24, 1835. 

Henry D. Williams, Feb. 2, 1838. 

Lydia C. Shed, Oct. 7, 1838. 

" Ellen Augusta Barr, July 2, 1846. 


Cox Genealogy. 37 

DAVID COX, of Beverly, had wife Judith and children : 

i. David, b. Oct. 3, 1790. 

ii. John, " June 25, 1792. 

iii. Benjamin " Mar. 13, 1794.. 

iv. Betsey " Mar. 10, 1803. d. June 27, 1810. ^ 

JOHN cox, of Beverly, married Lucy June 12, 1814, 

and had children : 

i. John, b. Nov. 26, 1814. 

ii. Lucy, " Mar. 14, 1817. 

iii. Elizabeth, " Feb. 17, 182 1. 

MOSES COX, of Hampton, N. H., was "one of the early 
settlers of Old Norfolk," and was at Hampton as early as 1640. 
His first wife's name was Alice. She, with her son John, was 
drowned Aug. 20, 1657, in Hampton River. Moses married 
2d, Prudence, the daughter of Wm. Marston, and widow of 

Swain, who was drowned at the same time with Moses' 

first wife, Alice. The marriage took place the following year, 
1658, Moses Cox took the oath of allegiance at Hampton, 
1678. He died May 28, 1687, aged about 93 years. Children : 

i. John, drowned Aug. 20, 1657. 

ii. Hannah, m. Francis Jennings of Rye, N. H. 

iii. Leah, m. Dec. 13, 1681, James Perkins, d. Feb. 19, 1749. 

THOMAS COX, of Lynn, married Abigail King, of Salem, 

Sept. 17, 1753.* Thomas Cox of Lynn, was a lieutenant in Capt. 

Ezra Newhall's (Lynn) Co. of Minute men, which marched on the 

alarm of Apr. 19, 1775. Service 21 days. Capt. Thomas Cox 

married Oct. 19, 1781, Mary Pray; and Thomas Cox m. Apr. 

12, 1796, Eunice Rhodes. f The children of Thomas Cox, wife 

Abigail, born in Lynn, were : 

i. Abigail, b. Mar. 3, 1754. 
ii. Hepzibah, b. May 10, 1755. 
iii. Thomas, b. June 13, 1760. 
iv. Sarah, b. July 20, 1764. 

JOHN COX, of Lynn, married Dec. 14, 1784, Elizabeth 
Quinnes (? of Lynn, and had children : 
i. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 11, 1785. 

* Salem Records. 
\Lytin Records. 

38 Cox Genealogy, 

ii. Nancy, b. Sept. 27, 1787. 

iii. John, b. July 5, 1789. 

iv. Thomas, b. Sept. 15, 1791. 

V. Lydia, b. Dec. 5, 1793. 

vi. Drusilla, ) , -,->„„ ^^ ,-„» 

., . .,' > b. Dec. 12, 17Q';. 

vii. Abigail, 5 ' / 7j 

BENJAMIN COX, of Boston, married Mercy Pratt, of Lynn, 
June 10, 1787. Mrs. Cox died Nov. 27, 1839.* 

Benjamin Cox Jr., married Nov. 25, 1825, Betsey T. Pratt. 
Mrs. Cox died June 2, 1844. Their children were :f 

i. Benjamin Potter, b. Mar. 26, 1826. d. Oct. i, 1826. 
ii. Benjamin Potter, b. May 29, 1827. 
iii. Eliza, b. July 19, 1830. 
Benjamin Cox, of Newmarket, N. H., married May 5, 1842, 
Louisa F. Mead, of Lynn.* 

JOSEPH COX, age 27, servant to Roger Harlakenden, was a 
passenger on the "Defense de Lond " from London to New 
England, July 3, 1635. | Roger Harlakenden settled in Cam- 
bridge. Joseph Cox by wife Martha had daughter, " Martha," 
born Mar. 3, 1669. § Joseph Cox made a deposition and wit- 
nessed a deed, Barbadoes and Boston, Joseph Cox 
is master of ship " Mary " Mar. 26, 1665-6.^ 
I. JOSEPH COX, born 1633, married Nov. 10, 1659, Susan- 
nah, daughter of Nicholas Upsall, of Boston. She was 
born Dec. 7, 1639. Joseph Cox died Jan. 15, 1678-9, and 
was hurried in Copps Hill. In the inventory of his estate 
are mentioned, "House and land" and "wharf where 
Red Lion was " " Wharf and Ware Houses " " Part of ship 
Providence " etc. This property came to him from his 
father-in-law, Nicholas Upsall, a prominent man in Boston, 
and proprietor of the "Red Lion Inn." A sword and 
belt are also among Joseph's effects. Susannah Cox, Joseph's 
widow, married Joseph Bridgeman, a tanner. In the order 

*Lynn Records. 

\Lynn Records. 


%Record Com. Report, Vol. 9. 

WSuffolk Deeds, Vol. 6, 7. 

^Genealogical Register, Vol. 15. 

Cox Genealogy. 39 

for the division of the estate of Joseph Cox, four childrren 
only are named, the others probably having died.* 
i. Joseph, b. Aug. 24, 1664. 
ii. Nicholas, b. Dec. 21, 1665. 

iii. Susannah, b. June 30, 1666. m. Timothy Wadsworth. 
iv. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 20, 1671. m. Nov. 24, 1690, Edward Proctor. 
V. Joseph, b. Sept. 5, 1673. 
vi. Ann, b. June 10, 1676. 

vii. Joseph, / b. Sept. 15, 1679 ; bap, 2d Church, Sept. 21, 1679. 
viii. Mary, ) Mary m. June 17, 1693, John Mountford. 

Nicholas^ Cox (Joseph') the second son of Joseph' and 
Susannah (Upsali) Cox, was born in Boston, Dec. 2, 1665. 
The name of his first wife was Sarah. He married 2nd, 
July 16, 1700, Elizabeth Carwithin. He was received into 
the 2nd Church, Sept. 17; his wife Sarah, May 17, 1691. 
Nicholas* Cox was by trade a cooper. He fell heir to 
considerable property by the death of his grandfather, 
Nicholas Upsali, of which he apparently made good use, 
for in 17 1 2 he is called " Schoolmaster." He was " ad- 
mitted an inhabitant of Boston" in 1710, and "to sell 
strong beer and bottled ale in his house" 1711. He is 
still living in Boston, 1713. The children of Nicholas 
were : 

i. Susannah, b. Mar. 23, 1693. 
ii. Sarah, bap (2nd Ch.) Jan. 10, 1696-7. 
iii. Elizabeth, b. May 23 ; bap. 25, 1701. 

ROBERT COX of Boston, " Marriner and Innholder " first 
appears among those who took the oath of freeman in the year 
i666.f He probably married his first wife Martha, about 1670, 
by whom he had four children. He is approved by the select- 
men of Boston to keep a house of entertainment and sell liquors 
between the years 1668 and 1679, is "Clerk of the Market" 
1669-70. In 1669 he leased the Halsey wharf property of 
Nathaniel Patten, of Dorchester. Several transactions with 
reference to this property are on record from 1669 to 1681, in 

*Inscriptions, Copps HUl. 

Suffolk Probate, 932 — 12 — 281—932 — 6—273 — 279. 


Genealogical Register, Vol. 5. 

Record Com. Report, Vol. 9. 

\Genealogical Register, Vol. 3, p. 7. 

40 Cox Genealogy. 

many of which the name of his wife^ Martha occurs.* Martha 
is alive June 23, 1681, but probably died soon after. Robert 
married 2nd, prior to Feb. 8, 1683, a woman named " Hester " 
or "Esther." "Robert Coxe, the boatman," died Nov. 11, 1684, 
intestate, and his wife Esther "refusing" to administer, William 
Coleman is appointed administrator. In Coleman's account 
rendered Sept. 12, 1695, he speaks of a child who "died soon 
after " the father. In the same account he speaks of Disburse- 
ments for the children in the year 1690, and " charges for his 
son in sd year." So John is alive 1690. In the order for dis- 
tribution of the estate, Oct. 3, 1695, Martha, Mary, and Eliza- 
beth are called "the only surviving children of the deceased." 
John must have died prior to Oct. 3, 1695. Perhaps, "Died 
John Cox July 3, 1690, "f may refer to him. The children then 
aside from the one who died soon after the father were : 

i. John, b. Aug. 7, 1671. 

ii. Martha, b. June 4, 1673. 

iii. Mary. 

iv. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 15, 1677. 

^Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 12, p. 13. 
\Record Com. Report. Vol. 9. 

1900. No. 6. 

New England 








Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy. 






























Mrs. Lydia 













, 1702. 



, 1708. 

(m Brattle St.) 






■ 1713- 









1 7 16. 



1 7 16. 














m Mathew Abdy, May 24, 1662. 

" Joanna Brown, Nov. 16, 1698. 

" Benjamin Staples, May 26, 1699. 

" James Colliston, June 22, 1701, 

" John Simpson, 

" Isaac Stodard, 

'' Jane Baker, 

" Sarah Cruff, 

" Simon Goudy, 

<' John Young, 

" Phillips Hesker, 

" Anne Smith, 

" Mary Cox, 

" Jonathan Fuller, 

" Elizabeth Gord, 

** John Bish, 

" Elizabeth Pearson, Jan. i, 1722. 

" Ebenezar Sumner, Oct. 8, 1723. 

" Francis Dory June 10, 1724. 

" David Evans, Feb. 9, 1724. 

'* Judith Coleman, Dec. 11, 1724. 

" Mary Dean, Jan. 21, 1725. 

*< Eliza Hinchcomb,May 9, 1726. 

" Hannah Flagg, May 28, 1727. 

'' Eliza Gaily, Dec. 13, 1731. (Brattle St.) 

'' John Holt, Feb. 28, 1733. 

" Abigail Cox, Feb. 26, 1740. 

" Sarah Thomas, Jan. 26, 1743. (New North) 

'' EbenezerMessenger,Mar.4, 1744(5) (BrattleSt.) 

" Donallen Mathew, Dec. 26, 1745. 

" James Dodge, May 28, 1765. 

'' William Holland, Dec. 29, 1765. 

" John Bush, Feb. 28, 1765. (New North) 

'' Mary Cox, Sept. 8, 1767. 

" Anthony Allen, Dec. 15, 1769. 

" William Chamberlain, Jan. 24, 1779. 

" Thomas Crosby, Feb. 18, 1779. 

"■ Samuel Wild, Mar. 26, 1783. (New North) 

" David Rich, Jan. 30, 1788, 

Cox Genealogy. 










Edward L. 

Samuel H. 




William Bacon, Nov. 23, 1789. 

Micah Field, Mar. 14, 1796. 

Timothy Goodwin, Mar. 29, 1790. 

Ebenezar Hutchinson, May 27, 1792. 

William Bell, June 19, 1793. 

John Segar, Nov. 5, 1797. 

William W. Holland,Dec. 29, 1796. 

Lydia Leeds, June 28, 1806. 

Eliza Stays, July 27, 1807. 

Mary Farrel, Apr. 14 (17), 1814. (Christ's) 

Abia Cleaveland, 

Mary Nash, 

Apr. 7, 1817. 
May 20, i8ig 

'' Mary Ann Strane, May 12, 1825. 
marriages; boston church records. 

Mrs. Elizabeth 

Mrs. Lydia 



Mrs. Rebecca 







John Scottow, 
Ebenezar Messenger, 
Joseph Lee, 
William Perkins, 
John Wakefield, 
Susanna Sumner, 
Mary Comee, 


Thomas Christy, 

Christ's church, 
Daniel North, 

HOLLIS church. 

Thomas Bottomer, 
NEW south. 

Abigail " Edmond Rainger, 

Ebenezer of Middleboro m Sarah Ripley, 



Hannah m Andrew Holland, 

Mary Elizabeth " Elisha Bassett, 

Aug. 13, 1725. 
Mar. 4, 1745. 
Dec. 16, 1745. 
Dec. 20, 1763. 
Mar. 1765. 
May 31, 1795. 
Jan. 18, 1798. 

Oct. 28, 1760. 
Nov. 14, 1744. 
Oct. 7, 1824. 

Jan. 10, 1760. 
Apr. 17, 1807. 

Mar. 31, 1855. 
Oct. 4, i860. 

Samuel A. 


Harriet N. Clement, July 14, 1853. 


Cox Genealogy. 



Judith m 
Thomas " 
Judith " 









" John Susmith, 
*' Timothy Brummer, 
king's chapel. 
Isaac Evanson, both of Boston 
Mary Austin, " " " 

Ara (?) Flagg, " " '< 


Jan. 20, 1747. 
Feb. 3, 1777. 

Oct. 17, 
Oct. 26, 
Nov. 19, 


First Church, 
Brattle St., 








New North, 

Dec. 5, 


Sponsor, Elizabeth, Oct. 30, 1726. 
Feb. 25, 1728. 
" Thomas, Oct. 28, 1733. 

James, July 13, 1735. 
James, Dec. 7, 1735. 
May 4, 1 7 18. 
June 26, 1720. 
Dec. 10, 1727. 
Dec. 30, 1739. 
May 10, 1741. 
Oct. 26, 1760. 
Mar. 13, 1719-20. 
May 10, 1741. 
June 23, 1745. 
Nov. 23, 1760. 
and Mary, Mar. 12, 18 15. 
Christ's Church. 


Hollis St. Mar. 24, 1751. 


Elizabeth, dau of Charles of Truro, May 30, 1773. Trinity. 
Elizabeth, infant, Apr. 2, 1726, Kings Chapel. 

Sarah, 1 w Brattle St. 
Ann, " " 

Mary, i w ** " 
Rebecca, " " 

John, " " 

Sarah, " " 

Elizabeth, " " 

William, " " 

James, " " 

Anna, " " 

Sarah, adult, " " 
James, " " " 
Samuel, of Samuel and Abigail, 
Anna, of James and Anna, 
Robert, Ludgate, of Edward 


44 Cox Genealogy. 

Nicholas, infant of Nicholas Ford and Margaret, King's Chapel. 
Henry, of John and Sarah, Dec. i6, 1768. " " 

Mary, infant of Daniel and Bridget, July 21, 1789 " " 

Mary, Second Church, Dec. 10, 1727. 

Abigail, and rec'd to Communion Mar. 29, 1741. Second Church. 
Joseph, of Elizabeth, Mar. 25, 1733. " " 

Ann, Feb. 11, 1699-0. " " 

James, Aug. 13, 1704. " " 

Mary, July 10, 1 715. " " 

John, Dec. 17, 1721. " " 

Jonathan, July 16, 1710 " " 

John, Sept. 4, 1718. " " 

Mary, of Charles and Mary, May 23, 1742, Old South. 
Sarah, of Mrs. Martha, widow Apr. 25, 1762. , West Church. 


Mary, Aug. 13, 1706. 

Jonathan, Nov. 2, 17 12. 

James, Aug. 17, 17 13. 

Margaret, Sept. i, 17 16. 

Jonathan, June 29, 1716. 

James, Sept. 9, 1716. 

Jonathan, Aug. 27, 17 18. 

Jonathan, May 19, 1718, 

Jonathan, Feb. 18, 1719-20. 

James, prior to Nov. 18, 1762. 

John, " mason," July 1772. 

ABRAHAM COX petitions in Boston, Nov. 18, 1696: says 
he was "wounded at Pemaquid by the Indians about a year 

EDWARD COX, of Boston, constitutes "my deare and well 
beloved wife Margaret " his attorney, 1672. He bought land 
near Halsey's wharf the same year. He died 1675 ; and Mar- 
garet sells house and other property near Halsey's wharf in 
Boston, to Thomas Thatcher, in 1676. f 

EDWARD COX and wife Mary have Edward, born July 

*Acts and Resolves, Mass. Bay Colony, Vol. 7, p. 519. 

'\Stiffolks Deeds, Vol. 8, p. 82 ; Vol. 9, p. 369. Probate, 741, 5, 286. 

XRecords, King's Chapel. 

Cox Genealogy, 45 

EDWARD COX, of Boston, married Elizabeth Pearson, 
Jan. I, 1722. James, infant of Edward and Elizabeth, was 
baptised in King's Chapel, Oct. 18, 1724. 

THOMAS COX, of Boston, married Abigail Cox, Feb. 26, 
1740, and had Abigail, born June 12, 1743. 

JONATHAN COX married Jane Baker, Jan. i, 171 1, and had 
David, born Nov. 22, 17 16, baptised New North Church, Nov. 
25, 1716. 

LAMBERT COX married Elizabeth Hinchcomb, Mar. 9, 
1726, and had Mary, born July 23, 1730. In the Old Granary 
Cemetery, left hand side of path from Tremont St. gate, is a 
stone marked thus : " Here lyes ye Body of Mrs. Mary Cox, 
wife of Mr. Lambort Cox, aged 69 years. Dec'd Novr ye 25, 

JOHN COX, of Boston, married Mary, the vsridow of Nathaniel 
Sherman, and " daughter of Alice Thomas," and had children as 
early as 1683. * 

MARY COX, of Boston, "one of the daughters of Alice 
Thomas " was a wddow, Dec. 28, 1697. f 

JOHN COX and Mary his wife, have children born in Boston :| 
i. John, b. May 12, 1672. 
ii. Philip, b. Feb. 9, 1674. 

JOHN COX, of Boston, " Gent," lately died at sea, his son 
John is appointed executor, June 13, 171 1.§ John Cox Jr. is " a 

A list of the names of certain " well disposed gentlemen and 
other persons " who contributed to the repair and refurnishing 
of King's Chapel in 17 18, contains the name of Capt. John Cox. 
It is not indicated to which of the above classes he belonged, but 
his contribution — 8 lbs. — the largest save one beside the Gov- 
ernor's, indicates a degree of wealth or a liberal disposition. || 

^Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 13, p. 59. 
\Siiffolk Deeds, Vol. 21, 74. 
XBoston Records. 
^Suffolk Probate, Vol. 33, p. 28. 
WAnnals of King's Chapel, p. 265. 


Cox Genealogy. 

John Cox was vestryman at King's Chapel, 1724 to 1727, and 
in 1747 pew No. 85 belonged to the heirs of Capt. John Cox. 

John Cox and Mary his wife had Mary, born Oct. 11, 1724 ; 
baptised King's Chapel, Oct. 18, 1724. Capt, John Cox and 
Mary his wife mortgage a brick house on Leverett's Lane, July 
17, 1727.* 

Capt. John Cox of Boston, deceased, his widow Mary admin- 
istered the estate; the inventory is dated Feb. 19, 1733. He is 
called "merchant." Widow Mary mentions in her account, 
"Stays for daughter Molly " and three rings for herself and 
daughters. f A broken grave stone in King's Chapel Cemetery 
(north side) bears this partial inscription : 




was born 


of Capt. John Cox 




she died Jan. 
in the 44th year 

Captain John Cox, son of Capt. John Cox, probably died Jan. 
25, 1733' John Cox of Boston, mariner, dies. John Doble 
administers, 1737. % 

SARAH COX and Edward Curtis, both of Boston, were mar- 
ried in Dorchester, July 18, 1754. 

MARY COX, of Boston, widow, deceased 1760. Samuel 
Sutton and her " daughter Mary " administer. The will men- 
tions " grandson Samuel " and " daughter Elizabeth and her 
husband. "§ 

MARY COX, of Boston, widow, is administratrix of her late 
son Joseph Cox, of Boston, " marriner " Aug. 30, 1763. || 

^Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 41, p. 97. 
'[Suffolk Probate, 6419. 
XSuffolk Probate, 7008. 
^Suffolk Probate, 1 2354. 
\\Suffolk Probate, 13319. 

Cox Genealogy. 47 

JOHN COX "ye less " died in Salem, between Oct. 1689, and 

JAMES COX "Sen. and James Jr." " Gon out Towne " be- 
tween Oct: 1689 and 1691. Also Ph. Cox. * 

JAMES COX, of Boston, and wife Mary have born in Boston, 

i. Mary, b. Nov. 3, 1696. 

ii. Margaret, b. Aug. 31, 1698. 

iii. Ann, b. Feb. 10, 1699. 

iv. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 13, 1701-2. 

V. James, b. Aug. 12, 1704. 

vi William, b. Oct. 29, 1707. 

vii. Gidian, b. Aug. 15, 1709. 

viii. Sarah, b. Nov. 4. 1711. 

ix. Richard, b. July 4, 1713. 

X. Benjamin, b. July 10, 1716. 

William Cox born in Boston Oct. 29, 1707, was a member of 
the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, recruited in 1733. 
He was a master mariner, f 

JAMES COX, of Boston, married Martha Barret Oct. 15, 
1761. James Cox, "wheelwright," died 1762, and his wife 
Margaret administered the estate. J 

JAMES COX married Anne Smith, June 7, 1716, and have 

Anne, b. Dec. 28, 17 17. 
James, b. Dec. 20, 1719. 
Ann, b. Jan. 20, 1727. 

I. JAMES cox married May 28, 1727, Hannah Flagg, sister 

of Gershom Flagg, a Plymouth proprietor. Their children were: 

i. Ann, b. May 27, 1731. 
2. ii. James, b. Sep, 18, 1733. 

The following church record may be studied in connection 

with this family. 


James, a Sept. 23, 1719. 

Hannah, June 16, 1728 Parent and Sponsor James. 
Ann, May 16, 1731. " " " James Jr. 

James, Sept. 23, 1733. " " " James. 

It is quite probable that James Cox, or "Captain James," as 

*Saletn Records. 

\Hist. Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. 

XSuffolk Probate, 12886. 

48 Cox Genealogy. 

he was called, served as a soldier at Louisburg, as the following 
would seem to indicate.* 

" And the Darkness Comprehended it not. In the East a 
place of, Light, where reigns Silence and peace at 

Louisburg, Island of Cape Britton in the year of Masonry 5759 
and of Salvation 1739. We the Master, Wardens and Sec. of 
this Worshipful Lodge dedicated to St. John No. i Held in his 
Magesties 28*^ regiment, Commanded by the Hon^ie Lieut Genl 
Philip Brags, adorned with all the honors and assembled by the 
mysterious number of the above Lodge, Do declare Certify and 
attest to men lightened spread on the face of the Earth, the 
Worshipful Brother James Cox hath been received by us an 
Entered Apprentice Fellow Craft and Master Mason after which 
he hath behaved himself as becometh the royal craft while a 
member of our Lodge and recommend him as an honest Regular 

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seal 
of our Lodge 

E. Huntingford Master 

W™ Mulholan S. W. 

Michi Walsh J. W. 

Jno. Broodlet Sec 
Louisburg 31^ of May, 1739." 

He is said to have died at sea, leaving a widow and two 
children : James, who moved to the vicinity of the Kennebec 
River in 1762, and Hannnah, who died unmarried. 

♦Original in possession of George Rowland Cox, Cambridge, Mass. 


The Fourth Annual Reunion of tlie Cox Family was held at 
Lexington, Mass, on Saturday, October 13, igoo, on the invita- 
tion of the Historian, Rev. John H. Cox. Over hfty members 
assembled in the early afternoon and visited the historic Com- 
mon and Clark House under the skilled guidance of Rev. C. H. 
Staples of the local Historical Society. The Town Hall relics 
and the Old Belfry were also inspected ; after which a country 
supper was enjoyed in Historic Hall. 

At the evening meeting the Vice-President, Edw. J. Cox, pre- 
sided, and besides vocal and instrumental music, a paper on the 
" Cox Name in Old England " was read for the Vice Preside.nt 
by Charles M. Cox, and an original poem on a Japanese subject, 
written bv Mrs. Myrtle Darling, was rendered by Mrs. Hyde. 
Sociability was the strong feature of the evening, and liberal 
subscriptions were made towards continuing printing pamphlets 
of the family lines. 

The following officers were chosen for the ensuing year : 
President — Charles M. Cox, Melrose Highlands. 

Vice-Prcs. — Frank F. Newell, - - Salem. 

-Treasurer — Edwin B. Cox, - - - Brookline. 

Secretary — Edward J. Cox, - - Newtonville. 

Historian — Rev. John H. Cox, - Lexington. 

The meeting was a gratifying success socially and financially, 
and our Annual Reunion has evidently "come to stay." 


1901. No. 7. 

New England 








Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
£)r not, is earnestly solicited by the. 


Cox Genealogy. 49 

2. J AMES^ COX, (James'), called also " Capt. James," is said* 
to have been the son of Capt. James', of Boston, and Hannah 
(Flagg) Cox. He was perhaps the grandson of James and 
Mary. He was born in Boston, Sept. 18, 1733. His wife was 
Ann,daughter of Benjamin Babbage of Boston. James^ Cox, with 
his wife and two children, settled on the Kennebec, about 1762. 
He settled first at Gardner town where a five-acre lot was 
surveyed for him 1762. He was prominent in town affairs, 
frequently serving as Moderator and Selectman. Aug. 6, 1766, 
he was from Cobbisconti, Co. of Lincoln, Province of Mass. 
Bay; is called "housewright" and "glazier"; with his wife Ann, 
gives a deed to Thomas Read of Boston, of property on Hull St. 
In 1772, James is at Hallowell. His wife is Ann, one of the 
daughters of Benjamen Babbage, late of Boston, gent, deceased. 
They give a deed of house and land set off to the widow of 
Benj. Babbage now deceased. f 

James Cox and wife Anna, have a daughter Anna, baptised in 
New North Church, Boston, Nov. 23, 1760. James^ Cox was 
commissioned as Captain of ist Co. 2 Regt. Mass. Militia, August 
1776. J James' Cox died Sept. 3, 1809, Mrs. Cox died 1817. 
Her will is dated Apr. 14, i8io.§ 

* North? s Hist, of Augusta, Me. 

^ Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 109, p. 680 ; Vol. 122, p. 53. 

JNote Book, G. H. C. 


§" In the name of God Amen. I the said Anna Cocks widow of the late James 
Cocks of Hallowell deceased being of sound & deposing mind & memory & consid- 
ering the mortality of the Body, knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to 
die do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament injmanner & form following." 

" And first I do Recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it & my 
body to the Earth to be decently buried and as touching such Worldly Estate 
wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I do give and dispose of 
the same in manner and form following." 

" Imprimis. I do will and order that all my just Debts that I shall owe to any 
person or persons at the time of my Decease shall be well and truly paid and dis- 
charged out of my estate by my Executor hereinafter mentioned or named." 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my Beloved son Gershom Cocks one cow five 
sheep my bed bedstead and all my bed covering together with a large iron pot and 
what small articles of furniture that I have here in my possession to have and to hold 
the same to his use and behoof forever." 

" Item. I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son Charles Cocks One 
Dollar to be paid by my Executor herein named." 

" Item. I give & bequeath unto Patty Cock? Wife of Charles Cocks One Cov\f 
to her use and behoof forever." 


5© Cox Genealogy. 

The children of Capt. James and Anna (Babbage, or Bever- 
age) Cox, were : 

i. John b. June 13, 1758 ; d. 1758. 

ii. Nancy, b. Nov. 4, 1760 ; m. Jan. 12, 1783, Timothy Page of Hallowell. 

d. May 7, 1829. 9 children, 
iii. James,* b. Mar. 16, 1763. 

3. iv. Gershom Flagg, b. Dec. 29, 1766. 

4. V. Charles, b. Feb. 24, 1768. 

vi. Hannah, b. Feb. 9, 1770: m. Dec. 11, 1794, Jesse Kimball. 3 children. 

vii. John, b. June 12, 1772; d. June 2, 1795. 

viii. George, b. Mar. 27, 1774; d. Oct. 4, 1774. 

ix. Sally, b. July 23,1775; m. July 28, 1796, Shubal Pitts, of Augusta, 

Me. 8 children. 
X. Fanny, b. Aug. 2, 1777 ; m. Jan. 3, 1800, Clement Bunker. 11 children. 

3. GERSHOM FLAGG3 COX (James^ James') son of Capt. 
James^ and Ann (Babbage) Cox was born in Cobbisconte Dec. 
29, 1765 C6?) He married Dec. 11, 1794, Sarah daughter of 
Obed Hussey of Hallowell, Me. He was a master mariner and 
sailed in the employment of his father-in-law. Later in life he 
left the sea and took up farming. He was a religious man and 
a class-leader in the Methodist Church. He died Apr. 12, 

" Item. I give unto William Cocks son of Charles & Patty Cocks one sheep." 

" Item. I give unto Gershom Cocks Jr., one sheep which he has now got in 
his possession to his use forever." 

" Item. I give unto Melvil and Amely Cocks Children of the above Charles & 
Patty each one sheep which sheep is to be delivered by my herein named Executor 
to their use and behoof forever." 

" Item. I give and bequeath unto my Four Daughters Nancy Page wife of 
Timothy Page Hannah Kimball wife of Jese Kimball Sarah Pitts wife of Shubal 
Pitts and Fanny Bunker wife of Clement Bunker all my wearing apparel which I 
shall die possessf^d of except my large scarlet cloak together with a calico bed spread 
socalled which I give and bequeath unto my Beloved Daughter Sarah Pitts to her 
use forever and nil the other articles to be equally divided among my Four above 
named Daughters to their use and behoof forever." 

" I give and bequeath all the remaining part of my estate of whatever name or 
nature to be equally divided among all my before mentioned children as though 
named to their use and benefit forever." 

" Likewise Item. I appoint constitute and ordain my Beloved Son Gershom 
Cocks my sole Executor of all this my Last Will & Testament in Witness whereof 
the said Anna Cocks have to these presents set my hand and seal this fourteenth 
day of April in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred & ten." 

Anna Cocks. 

" Kennebec SS 

" Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the said Anna Cocks to 
be her last Will & Testament in presence of us the subscribers in Hallowell this 14th 
day of April 18 10." 

" Nancy Norcross 
" Sally H. Norcross 
" Robert C. Norcross." 

*Said to have been captured by the Indians when a young man, and kept by 
them till too old to journey, when he returned to Hallowell, where he died, 

Cox Genealogy. 51 

1849. Mrs. Cox died Aug. 21, 1850. They had eleven children : 

i. Nancy Ann, b. Sept. 15, 1795 ; m. Nov. 30, 1818, Isaiah Thing. 5 chil- 
ii. Margaretta, b. Aug. 28 {29?) 1797 ; m. ist, Sept. 9, 1817, Gorham Metcalf. 
2 children, m. 2nd, Mar. i, 1829, John D. Lord. 3 children, d. 1889. 
iii. Julia Ann, b. Sept. 22, 1799 ; m. ist, Aug. 27, 1823, Hiram Wells, i child 
m. 2d, Nov. 28, 1833, Capt. E. Hhids. 4 children. 

5. iv. Comfort Smith, b. Sept. 22, 1801. 

6. v. Arthur, b. Nov. 5, 1803. 

7. vi. William Henry, b. Jan. i, 1806. 

vii. Eliza Ann, b. Oct. 29, 1S08 ; m. Aug. 27, 1829, Frederick Wells. 3 

viii. Delia Ann, b. Apr. 20, 1810 ; m. Feb. 28, 1828, Shepherd Laughton. 

2 children, d. 1S36. 

8. ix. James Valentine, b. July i, 1813. 

X. Hester Ann, b. Aug. 9, 181 5 ; m. Oct. 8, 183S, Geo. W. Rowland. 

9. xi. Gershom Leander, b. Nov. 28, 1817. 

4. CHARLES3 COX (James^ James') of Hallowell, Me., 
son of Capt. James and Nancy (Babbage) Cox born Feb. 24, 
1768, married Feb. 19, 1794, Martha, daughter of Andrew 
Goodwin, of Hallowell. 7 children: 

i. William Barron, b. Dec. 19, 1794 ; d. July 6, 1819. 
ii. James Goodwin, b. May 31, 1797 ; d. July 1819. 

10. iii. Melville Babbage, ) . tv.t„ „ 

11. iv. Gershom Flaggf T' ^°^- 9' ^799- 
V. Emily Melville, b. Sept. 3, 1803. 

vi. Hannah Martha, b. Aug. 19, 1806; 
vii. Martha Jane, b. Nov. 4, 1808. 

5. COMFORT SMITH* COX, (Gershom Flagg3, James% 
James') was the son of Gershom Flagg and Sarah (Hussey) 
Cox, born Sept. 26, 1801. He was a master mariner and mar- 
ried July 22, 1827, Abigail L. Smiley, of whom were born four 
children. Mrs. Cox died Oct. 1890. 

i. Sarah H. b. May 3, 1828 ; m. May 27, 1851, Jacob G. Fletcher. 4 ch'l'n. 
ii. Mary Corey, b. May 5, 1830 ; m. Jan. 17, 1856, Edwin J. Benner. 
iii. Barrett A., b. Feb. 8, 1834 ; m. July 11, 1859, Victoria L. Bailey. 3 ch. 
iv. Lizzie A., b. Nov. 22, 1837 ; m. Frank Davenport, i child. 

6. ARTHUR4 cox (Gershom Flagg3, James^ James'), of 
Hallowell, Me., son of Gershom and Sarah (Hussey) Cox, was 
a shipmaster, born Nov. 5, 1803. Married April 22, 1827, Julia 
M. Pierce, and died Aug. 19, 1868, in Fairhaven, Mass. 6 chil- 

I. Elizabeth P., b. Mar. 17, 1829 ; m. Aug. 19, 1857, David McDaniel. 

I child, 

ii. Sarah F., b. April 31, 1831 ; d. Feb. 2, 1835. 

iii. Arthur P., born Feb. i, 1833. 

iv. William W., b. Dec. 22, 1835. 

v. Sarah F., b. Sept. 6, 1837 ; d. Sept, 16, 1837. 

vi. Sarah F., b. Dec. 13, 1841 ; m. Edmond Anthony. 

ga Cox Genealogy, 

7. WILLIAM HENRY4 COX (Gershom Flagg3, JamesS 

James'} of Hallowell, Me., son of Gershom Flagg3 and Sarah 

(Hussey) Cox was master of a whaling-ship. He was born June 

I, 1806. Married Oct. 19, 1830, Sarah Corey, of Boston. He 

died in San Francisco, Cal. 4 children : 

i. William T., b. Dec. 10, 1832 ; m. Avis Trip, 
ii. Delia A., b, May i, 1837. 
12. iii. Barney Corey, b. Apr. 21, 1839. 

iv. Maria H., b. Dec. 27, 1845 ; m. July 28, 1867, Frank Forbes, i child. 

8. JAMES VALENTINE4 COX (Gershom Flagg3, James*, 

James',) was the son of Capt. Gershom Flaggy and Sarah 

(Husey) Cox. He was born in Hallowell, Me., July i, 1813. 

He followed the sea for the greater portion of his life, sailing in 

various capacities on whaling ships from New Bedford, Mass., 

where he made his home. He steadily rose in his profession to 

the position of master, making many successful voyages and 

amassing considerable wealth. After retiring from a seafaring 

life, he was appointed Inspector of Customs at New Bedford, 

for several years, and held other positions of trust and honor in 

his adopted town. He married Nov. ig, 1838, Mercy Nye, 

daughter of John and Mercy Rowland, of Fairhaven. Mrs. Cox 

died Dec. 16, 1868. They had three children. James Valentine^ 

Cox married as his second wife, Annie E. Edwards, Oct. 5, 1859. 

He died Nov. 23, 1884, beloved and honored by a large circle of 

friends. His children were : 

i. James Nye, b. Apr. 10, 1844 ; m. i, June 3, 1868, Lizzie F. Sawin ; m. 2d 

Edith MacKenzie. 
ii. Myra Mira, b. Oct. 26, 1851 ; d. Nov. 26, 1852. 
13. iii. George Rowland, b. Oct. 9, 1854. 

9. GERSHOM LEANDER4 COX (Gershom Flagg3, James^ 
James') of Pittston, son of Gershom Flagg3 and Sarah (Hussey) 
Cox, was a ship master, born Nov. 28, 1817. Remarried i, Aug. 
I, 1 841, Frances A. Smiley. She died Mar. 29, 1858, leaving 
four children. He married 2d, Dec. 15, 1858, Elizabeth A. 
Scott, to whom was born five children. He died Oct. 30, 1877. 

i. Mary Melville, b. June 5, 1842. 

ii. Anne Flagg, b. Aug. 5, 1848. 

iii. Herbert B., b. Dec. 11, 1849 ; d. Aug. i, 1855. 

iv. Harry L., b. May 5, 1855 ; d. Aug. 30, 1855. 

V. Ella Flagg, b. Sept. 23, 1S59. 

vi. "William P., b. Nov. i, i860. 

vii. Susan Scott, b. Jan. 12, 1862. 

viii. Albert Scott, b. Nov. 12, 1863. 

ix. Jesse L., b. Mar. 11, 1867. 

Cox Genealogy. 53 

10. REV. MELVILLE BABBAGE4 COX (Charles^ James% 
James') was the son of Charles and Martha (Goodwin) Cox, 
born Nov. 9, 1799, — a twin brother of Rev. Gershom Flaggy (to 
be distinguished from Capt. Gershom Flaggy Cox, son of James). 
He married Feb. 1829, Ellen C. Lee. He was a Methodist 
clergyman, and the first missionary to Africa, where he died 
July 21, 1833, at the age of 33. Among his last words were 
these : — " Let a thousand fall before Africa be given up." His 
memory is still fragrant among the people for whom he gave his 
life. He left one child : 

i. Martha G. 

11. REV. GERSHOM FLAGG4 COX (Charles3, James^ 
James'), son of Charles3 and Martha (Goodwin) Cox, and twin of 
Rev. Melville Babbage, born Nov. 9, 1799, was, like his brother, 
a Methodist minister of note. He married Sept. 27, 1827, Susan 
T. Merritt, by whom he had twelve children : 

i. Emily Melville, b. Sept. 21, 1S28 ; d. Sept. 22, 1829. 

ii. Ellen Margaret, b. Feb. 9, 1830. 

iii. Margaret Maria, b. Oct. 8, 1831 ; d. Mar. 24, 1861. 

iv. Melville B , b. July 6, 1833 ; d. Dec. 16, 1837. 

V. Sarah K., b. Dec. 25, 1835. 

vi. Charles G., b. Nov. 16, 1837. 

vii. George M. S., b. Sept. 19, 1839. 

viii. Merritt C, b. Mar, 10, 1841. 

ix. Emily M., b. June 22, 1843. 

X. Mary M., \>. June 20, 1845 ; d. Mar. 10, 1846. 

xi. Louisa C. I, , i o- j ( Aug. c, i8t;o. 

xii. Waller H.fb. July 22, 1850; d.JN^^_ ^33^ .P 

12. BARNEY C0REY5 COX (William Henrys, Gershom 
Flagg3, James^, James') of Watertown, Mass., was the son of 
William Henry* and Sarah (Corey) Cox, of Hallowell, Me. He 
was born Apr. 21, 1839, and in early life was a sailor. He mar- 
ried Sept. 8, 1864, Sarah A., daughter of Charles and Orissa 
Gerry, of Sudbury, and died Mar. 29, 1887. There were six 
children : 

. William H., b. Nov. 29, 1865. 

i. Marie Louise, b. Nov. 5, 1S69 ; d. Sept. 13, 1870. 
ii. Herbert Franklin, b. Nov. 19, 1871. d. 
V. Ethel Howard, b. Feb. 16, 1874; d. April 16, 1876. 
V. Florence, b. d. 

vi. Alice M., b. Nov. 19, i88o. 

13. GEORGE HOWLAND COXs (James Valentine^, Ger- 
shom Flaggy, James^, James'), the youngest son of James Valen- 
tine and Mercy (Nye Howland) Cox, was born in Fairhaven, 

54 Cox Genealogy. 

Mass., Oct. 9, 1854. He received an appointment to a cadet- 
ship at West Point, where he was admitted May, 1871. Ill 
health compelled him to return to the more peaceful ways of a 
business life, in which he has won eminent success. He has 
held positions of trust and honor in the city of Cambridge, and 
is prominent in the social life of the University Town. He 
married Sept. 25, 1877, Ella Parkhurst, youngest daughter of 
Zenas and Mary Toby Whittemore, of New Bedford. They have 
one son : 

i. George Rowland, b. Feb. 8, 1880. 


John Cox m widd° Mary Hill, at Dover, N. H., May 22, 1694.* 

Capt. Nicholas Cox and Ensign Richard Cox are British offi- 
cers serving in America in 1754-1774. 

Robert Cox has a bad word after his name at St. Georges in 
1772. t 

William Cox, of Waltham, was a lieutenant under Capt. Jona- 
than Brown, at Lake George. J 

Ben Cox, aged 20, enlisted 1760. 

Ebenezer Cox is a corporal in Capt. Chas. Morris's Co., Gen. 
Waldo's Regt. of foot, raised in the province of Mass., for the 
reduction of Canada, Sept. 8, i747.§ 

Benjamin, a private in Thos. White's Co., Col. Wm. Hiath's 
regt., marched on alarm Apr. 19, 1775, from Brookline, belonged 
in Brookline, served 23 days.|| 

*Hist. Milford. 
'\Gen. Reg., Vol. 46, p. 9. 
JBond's IVaiertown. 
%Gen. Reg., Vol. 27. 
^Mass. Archives. 

Cox Genealogy. 55 

Ezekiel Cox was a minute-man from Harvard, Mass., marched 
to Cambridge, Apr. 19, 1775 ; deserted.* Served in the eighth 
regiment from Apr. i, 1777, to Mar. 23, i78o.f An infant child 
died Mar. 17, 1780. Lucy of Harvard, married Simeon Turner, 

• John Cox, of Boston, "heel maker," died 1805. Oliver Howe 
is guardian of his children, all minors, Jan. 27, 1806 ; John 
and Thomas were more than 14 years of age, Nov, 25, 1805. 
There are eight children : 

. John. 

i. Thomas. 

ii. Lydia. 

V, Priscilla. 
V. Abigail, 
vi. Lemuel, 
vii. Sally, 
viii. James. 

Jonathan U. Cox, of Brookline, married Lucinda Blood, Aug. 
31, 1807.I 

George Briggs Cox, " a mariner," Boston, died 1813. In- 
ventory dated Aug. 23. Mary, widow, admx. appointed Aug. 
9, i8i3.|| 

Thomas Cox, of Boston, married Joanna Field of Dorchester, 
Jan. 15, 1815, Rev. Thaddeus M. Harris officiating. Mrs. Jo- 
anna, wife of Thomas Cox, died 1825, aged 34. § 

Miss Sarah E. Cox, of Dedham, married Marshall Newell, of 
Canton, Mass., April 24, 1842.^ 

'^Unidentified Cambridge Marriages. 

Hannah, m. Henry Otheman, Feb. 25, 1826. 

Priscilla, of Boston, m. Robert H. Reves, Jan. 20, 1836. 

Rebecca, m. Lucius L Cummings, of Dedham, Dec. 10, 1833. 

*Hist. of Harvard, pp. 316, 341. 
^Suffolk Probate, Vol. 103, p. 558 ; Vol. 104, pp. 44-5. 

WSuffolk Probate, Vol. 24, p. 258. 
%Record Com. Report, Vol. 21. 
'^Canton Records. 
♦Information solicited. 

56 Cox Geftealogy. 

Annie Adams, of Boston, m. Albert E. Connor, Apr. 2, 1840. 
Annie M., m, James West, Dec. 12, 1847. 
Henry S., m. Hannah E. Snow, Mar. 29, 1849. 
Hannah Maria, m. Samuel Orne. 

William H. Cox, a grocer of Boston, died within six months 

of Jan. 16, 1871. His widow, Eliza A., is administratrix and 

guardian of the children : 

i. Clarence, b. Jan. 14, 1856. 
ii. Joseph, b. Oct. 16, 1858. 
iii. Carrie, b April 2, x86i. 

Matthew Cox*,of Boston, 1653. came, it is said, in 1638, aged 

15, married Aug, 29, 1654, Elizabeth Roberts ; they had : 

Matthew, b. Sept. 5, 1659, 
Richard, b. Sept. 6, 1658. 
John, b. Sept. 2, 1666, 
Samuel, b. Feb. 1668. 

Richard Cox, of Salisbury, brother of Matthew, came with 
him, it is said, in 1638, 13, lived some years at Boston, before 
and after, 1650, when he was at Salisbury ; there, by wife 
Martha, had : 

Caleb Cox, b. Aug. 15, 1666, was of Brookfield, 1673, there 
killed by the Indians, Aug. 2, 1675. Perhaps he and his brother 
were brought by sister Mary, who married John Lake, of 

William Cox, was one of the first settlers, 1637, at Taunton, 

Samuel Coxf, probably of New England stock, was born June 
22, 1800, and died in Belle Plain, III, Nov. 10, 1880, He was 
twice married, and his first wife's name was Nancy, By her 
he had nine children. Mrs. Nancy Cox was born July i, 1805. 
Samuel Cox married second, a woman — name unknown — who 
was born Feb. 20, 1823. They had one child : 

i. Elizabeth Ann, b. Jan, 30, 1823 ; m. Foster ; d. Jan. 30, 1843. 

ii. Hannah J., b. Mar. 15, 1834; d. Mar. 23, 1835. 

iii. Thomas, b. Mar. 19, 1825. 

iv. Absolam, b. Juue 14, 1827, 

V. Franklin, b. June 14, 1829. 

vi. Sarah B., b. Aug. 7, 1831; m. Roe; d. Nov. 19, 1879; 7 children. 

vii, Lavinia, b. Apr. 29, 1836; m. Mcberey, 

viii, John, b, Aug. 4, 1839: d. Dec. 19, 1890; 2 children, Sarah and Ora. 

ix, Isabelle, b. July 26, 1843; m. Smart; 2 children. 

X, Milton H,, b, Oct. 17, 1850, 

*Spirit qf'j6, November, 1899. 

tNotes by Mrs. J. M. Riggle, Fairburg, Nebraska. 



New England 







Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox Family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


' Note. — No. 8 is a continuation of the descendants of Robert 
Cox, account of which began in No. 4. 

Cox Genealogy. 57 

12. WALTER3 COX (Mathew^ Robert'), was the son of 
Matthew^ and Elizabeth (Russell) Cox, born in Cambridge, 
1744. He married Judith, the daughter of John Deland, of 
Charlestown, Nov. 16, 1769. He was a tanner by trade, and 
tradition says, "He removed to New York." Several transac- 
actions not altogether indicative of thrift are recorded in 
Middlesex Deeds, 1783-1786, and Mrs. Judith Cox, with her 
sons William and Upham, were in straightened circumstances 
in Charlestown, Mar. 5, 1807. The records of the First Parish 
in Lexington have the following entry under date of July 9, 
1775 '• "Susanna Cox, of Walter Cox, who had owned the cove- 
nant at Cambridge baptized." The summer of 1775 ^^^ "very 
warm " in this section, and Walter, who was fighting the Red- 
coats at this time, doubtless sent his family to Lexington for 
safety. Walter's^ war record* is in Mass. Archives at the 
State House. Children : 

i. Elizabeth, bap. Jan. 18, 1770. 

26. ii. Walter, bap. June 6, 1773- 

hi. Susanna, bap. July 9, 1775; m. June 21, 1798, Nathaniel Faulkner, 

iv. William, b. Sept. 7, 1777 ; bap. Feb. 7, 1779. 

V. John Hobbs, b. Apr. 7, 1782. 

vi. John Upham, b. Mar. 6, 1785. 

vii. Samuel, b. Sept. 26, 1788. 

13. SAMUEL3 cox (Matthew% Robert'), of Cambridge, 
the son of Matthew^ and Elizabeth (Russell) Cox, was baptized 
in Cambridge, Sept. 28, 1746. He was by occupation "a 
saddler," and resided on the "old homestead " in what was then 
known as "West Cambridge." He married for his first wife, 
Nov. 16, 1768, Lydia Cooper. He married 2d, Feb. 16, 1775, 
Jemima Hussey. After his death his widow married Aug. 18, 
1778, one John Christian Fricke. Tradition reports that Mrs. 
Cox 2d hid in the cellar with her son Samuel-*, and watched the 
British march by to Lexington, Apr. 19, 1775, the husband 
and father being with the Minute men. A record of military 
service without doubt belonged to Samuel? Cox.f Samuels and 
Lydia (Cooper) Cox had two children, a son and a daughter. 
Authorities! differ as to the dates of birth : we give the most 

*Mass'JSoldiers and Sailors, Vol. IV, pp. 55, 56, 
^Mass. Soldiers and Sailors, Vol. IV, p. 56. 
\Cambridge City Records. 

Hist, of Arlington, Cutter. 

Family Bible. F. A. Cox, Cambridgeport. 

5§ Cox Genealogy. 

probable. Lydia, the daughter, lived and died among the 
Shakers at Harvard, Mass. 

i. Lydia, b. Apr. 4, 1767 ; d. 1833. 
27. ii. Samuel, b. 1769; d. Dec. 26, 184S. 

14. Matthew3 Cox (Matthew% Robert'), the son of Matthew' 
and Elizabeth (Russell) Cox was baptized Mar. 27, 1748. The 
record of his enlistment in the continental service makes him 27 
years of age May 4, 1775-* Tradition reports that Matthews 
went to "Onion River, Vt.", or "to Canada," "where he died, 
leaving a family." 

The Records of King's Chapel give us the following : Matthew 
Cox of the 43d Regiment, whose wife's name was Mary, had : 

i. Thomas, bap. Nov. 9, 1767. 
ii. Thomas, bap. Nov. 13, 1774. 

15. Williams Cox (Matthew^ Robert') baptized Apr. 8, 1750, 
married Mary Sawin in 1779, and tradition says, "went to 
Vermont " [Family Bible]. One William Cox occupied the 
estate of John and Daniel Russell in Charlestown in 1798 
[Wyman]. There was a William Cox who was a Lieutenant in 
the 5th Regiment "King's Own," and was wounded [?] in the 
arm in the affair of April ig, 1775. Why was not Williams Cox 
with his five brothers in continental service ? If he were, where 
is the record ? Of his children, John is said to have moved to 

i. William 
ii. John, 
iii. Joseph. 

16. Josephs Cox (Matthew^ Robert'), son of Matthew^ and 
Elizabeth (Russell) Cox, was baptized in 1752. He was a 
" Minnit Man," and with his brothers Matthew and Benjamin, 
a member of Capt. Benjamin Lock's Cambridge Company, 
which later formed a part of the 37th Regiment, commanded by 
Lieut. Col. Wm. Bond. In a company return dated Camp 
Prospect Hill, Oct. 6, 1775, Josephs and Matthews are both 
mentioned, Matthew as being " in the Quebec Detachment." 
The Mass. Archives have this entry : "Joseph Cox, age 24, 5ft. 
8in., enlisted May 4, 1775." 

Josephs lost a leg in the service, and was well known in 

*Mass. Archives, Miscellaneous Rolls, V. 49, p. 51. 

Cox Genealogy. 59 

Cambridge and Woburn after the war. Leonard Cox writes in 
the family record, " I have often seen him." Jennie, the wife 
of Joseph Cox, died in Woburn, Mar. 24, 1816."* Joseph Cox, 
a laborer, had lived in Wilmington more than six months, died 
leaving no heirs. Administrator appointedf April 26, 1825. 
Joseph^ is said to have died in Woburn. One child : 
i. Matthew, bap. Feb. 12, 1786. 

17. Benjamins Cox (Matthew^, Robert'), the youngest son 
and child of Matthew^ and Elizabeth (Russell) Cox was born in 
Cambridge, Mar. 7, 1756, a few weeks subsequent to his father's 
accidental death. He was married by Rev. Moses Everett to 
Mrs. Susanna (Tolman) Leeds, of Dorchester. They resided in 
Dorchester, where their first two children were born. Later 
they lived in Cambridge, then in Hatter's Square, Boston, 
where Benjamins died Nov. 25, 1795. Benjamins was a Minute 
man in Capt. Benjamin Lock's Company, organized prior to 
Apr. 5, 1775. He was with his regiment, the 27th Continental 
Foot, in Camp Prospect Hill, Oct. 6, 1775, and probably par- 
ticipated in the engagements of April ig and June 17, 1775. 
Children : 

i. " Sukee," b. May 19, 1780; d. 1861, unmarried. 

28. ii. Benjamin, b. Aug. 28, 1782. 

29. iii. Matthew, b. Feb. 5, 1785. 

iv. Nancy, bap. Apr. 12,1786; m. Dec. 9, 1815, Jacob Townsend. 8ch, 
d. Oct. 9, 1878. 

18. James4 Cox (Samuels, James*, Robert') of Marblehead, 
Mass., was the son of Samuels and Hannah (Stacy) Cox, born 
on Cranberry Island. He married, "first marriage," Sept. 
25, 1783, Margaret Standley, of Marblehead. He was a '' mar- 
riner " and died at sea about 1804. Widow Margaret died 
Mar. 8, 1837. Their children were : 

30. i. James, b. June 17, 1784. 

ii. Hannah, b. Nov. 26, 1788 ; d. 1S02, unmarried. 

iii. Margaret, m. Millet. 

iv. Joseph, killed by R. R. accident. 

ig. William^ Cox (Samuels [?] William% Robert'), was proba- 
bly the son of Samuels and Sarah (Rogers) Cox, born in Dor- 
chester Jan. 26, bap. Feb. 10, 1751. His wife's name was 

*Wohurn Town Records. 
\Middlesex Probate, 3577. 

6o Cox Genealogy. 

Mary. ''William and Molly, residing in Dorchester "* have 
children born in Dorchester : 

i. Polly, b. Jan.4 (June 17), 1783. 
ii. William, b. and bap. Aug. 15, 1784. 
iii. Daniel, b. Apr. 9, 1786. 

20. SamueH Cox (Samuel^, William% Robert'), called in the 
records "Samuel Jr." was the second son of Samuel^ and Sarah 
(Rogers) Cox, born in Dorchester, Oct. 6, 1760. He married 
Miss Mary Thayer, of Randolph (record, " both of Dorches- 
ter"), Oct. 3, 1783, Rev. Moses Everett officiating. Samuel^ 
Jr. has a Revolutionary recordf at Milton River, Dorchester 
Heights, Long Island and Burgoyne's Campaign. In 1784 he 
joined the Dorchester ist Church, and in 1808 was instrumental 
in the formation of the Second Parish. He was " a Cordwainer," 
or harness maker, and farmer. Dedham Deeds record various 
transactions, indicating considerable ownership of real estate. 
Samuel^ died May 9, 1813, aged 82. His children were seven : 

i. Sarah Trott, b. Dec. 25, 1783; bap. June 4. 1784 ; d. 1866, unm. 
William, bap. Feb. 12, 1786. 
Samuel, bap. Apr. 20, 1788. 
Abigail, b. Oct. 1790 ; d. Oct. 1790. 
John, b. Dec. 1791, bap. Jan. i, 1792. 
George, bap. Oct. 27, 1793. 
Mary, b. May, 1796; m. 1815, John Ellis, of Medfield ; d. 1851. 

21. Henry* Cox (Samuel^, William^ Robert'), was the first 
child of Samuel^ by his second wife Elizabeth (Bird) Cox, born 
in Dorchester, Mass., May 30, baptized June 26, 1768. He was 
said to be of " Newtowne " in 1795, and was married June 12 
by the Rev. Thaddeus Mason Harris to Mrs. Sarah (Davenport) 
Bussey, of Dorchester. In the following year, 1796, he is a 
paper maker in Dorchester, and sells a piece of " rocky land 
with stream running through it " in Newton, at "so called 
Lower Falls." His wife Sally Davenport and Lemuel Cox 
appear by signature on the deed. Henry's wife died Aug. 30, 
1799. " Capt. Henry Cox" with wife Betsey, have several 
children born in Dorchester, from 1804 to 1818. Henry* is still 
in the paper business in Dorchester, 1807 to 1819. In 1819 he 
removed to North Yarmouth, Me., where he built a paper mill 

*Dorchester Records. 

\Mass. Sdditr^ and Sailors, Vol. IV, p. 54. 











Cox Genealogy. 6i 

for his two sons.* Capt. Henry died of consumption, Feb. 
I, 1824, aged 56. The first reunion of Cox Families was held 
at the old homestead at Mattapan. Mrs. Betsey Cox died Oct. 
5, 1861, aged 84 years, 5 months. 

35. i. George, b. Nov. 21, bap. Dec. 6, 1795. 

36. ii. " Harry," b. Nov. 20, 1797. 
iii. A child d. Dec. 8, 1799. 

iv. Thomas, b. May 16, 1804; d. Jan. 21, 1824. 

V. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Dec. 1807. 

vi, A child d. Oct. 22, 1808. 

vii. A child d. Sept. 25, 181 1. 

viii. A child d. (age 2) May 20, 1819. 

ix. William, bap. Sept. 27, 1818 ; d. May i, 1820. 

22. Robert^ Cox (Samuel3, William^ Robert'), born in Dor- 
chester Nov. 19, 1769; probably married Lois Merryfield, June 
30, 1 79 1. "Robert Cox, a great-grandson of the first Robert, 
deceased in Scituate, 1831. He had been a Revolutionary 
soldier, "f Robert^ had a son : 

i. Robert. 

23. Benjamin* Cox (Samuels, William^ Robert'), son of 
Samuels and Elizabeth (Bird) Cox, was born Sept. 26, 1773. He 
was a paper manufacturer at Chicopee Falls in company with 
his brother Lemuel. He married in 1803, Sarah Bowman, of 
Amherst, Mass., by whom he had eight children : 

i. Caroline, b. Feb. 27,. 1804; d. 1892, unm. 
ii. Lemuel, b. Apr. 24, 1805 ; d. June 8, 1830. 
iii. Thomas, b. July 24, 1806; d. 1835 ; no children, 
iv. Almira, b. Apr. 18, 1809 ; m. Warren Bissel, 8 ch. d. Bristol, Conn, 
v. Susan, b. Oct. 3, 1811 ; m. Sept. 14, 1829, Henry Hyde, 9 ch.; 

d. Feb. 21, 1898. 
vi. Benjamin Franklin, b. Oct. 31, 1813 ; m. Clarissa Clark ; d. Wis- 
37 vii. Samuel Bird, b. Sept. 26, 1815. 

viii. Reuben, b. supposed lost at sea ; unm. 

24. Lemuel* Cox (Samuel^, William^ Robert'), son of Samuel? 
and Sarah (Rogers) Cox, was born July 22, 1777. He was 
called " Captain " having served a term at sea ; but his chief 
occupation was paper manufacturing, or the construction of 
paper mills. He built by contract the first paper mill in 
Chicopee, Mass., in 181 1. He stood high in Masonic circles, 

* Dorchester Records and History. Middlesex Deeds, Vol. 121, p. 451. Note- 
book of Samueb Cox. 

tDean's Hist. 0/ Scituate, p, 238. 

62 Cox Genealogy. 

and was three times married. His first wife was a Bird ; his 
second and third, widows. He had no children. Later in life 
he lived in what is now Burneside, about 6 miles from Hartford, 
Ct., where he died in 1867, aged 90. 

25. Isaac* Cox (Samuel^, William^, Robert'), of Dorchester, 

son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Bird) Cox, and twin of Ruth Cox, 

was born in Dorchester, Aug. 10, 1781. He married first, Dec. 

I, 1808, Martha Quimby, of Sacarappa, Maine, by whom he had 

two children. She died Oct. 12, 1812, and he married second, 

Aug. 6, 1817, Mary Wentworth, of Canton, Mass., by whom he 

had nine children. Isaac* Cox died June i, 1840, and was 

buried in Codman Cemetery, Dorchester. He was at one time 

half owner and Captain of the sloop Emily, and later a Ne- 

ponset River Pilot. 

i. Martha, b. July 23, 1809 ; d. Sept. 5, 1810. 

ii. Martha, b, Mar. 23, iSii ; m. Charles G. Bird ; d. July 15, 1880. 

iii. Persis, b. May 11, 1818 ; m. 1837-8, Levi Folsom; d. June 20, 1840. 

iv. Mary, b. Feb. 3, 1820 ; d. June 14: 1851 ; 

V. Sarah, b. Jan. 30, 1S22 ; d. Feb. 3, 1879 ; "i- ist, 1850, John M. 

Brown ; m. 2d, Apr. 16, 1857, James L. Jacobs, 

vi. Betsey Hawes, b. Mar. 10, 1824 ; d. May 15, 1840. 

vii. Louisa, b. Mar. 10, 1826 ; m. Isaiah N. Ryder ; d. Mar. 8, 1851. 

viii. Ruth, b. Oct. 22, 1828 ; m. Nov. 28, 1867, John R. Felton. 

ix. Jane, b. Feb. 8 (Sept. 28 >), 1830 ; m. Apr. i, 1857, Isaac Smith 

X. Susan, b. May 31, 1832 ; d. Feb. 3, 1833. 

xi. Isaac, b. Mar. 13, 1834 ; d. Feb. 28, 1861. 

xii. Joseph, b. May 4, 1838 ; d. Mar. 17, 1839. 

26. Walter* Cox (Walters, Matthew^ Robert'), son of 
Walters and Judith (Deland) Cox, was baptized June 6, 1773. 
He married Dec. 11, 1796, Susanna Smith. May 9, 1807, 
Susanna Cox, of Cambridge, showeth that Walter Cox, a la- 
borer, died within thirty days, having several minor children.* 
Walter* Cox died April 27, 1807. Children : 

i. Susanna, b. Mar. 27-8, 1797. 
ii. Sarah, b. Oct. 28, 1799, 
iii. Walter, b. Nov. 5, 1801. 

27. Samuel* Cox (Samuels, Matthew^ Robert') of Cambridge, 
was the only son of Samuel^* and Lydia (Cooper) Cox^ born in 
West Cambridge [prob.] in 1769 and died Dec. 25, 1848. He 
married Mar. 14, 1793, Fanny, daughter of Capt. Nathaniel 
Watson, whose estate was near the old " Murdock Tavern." 
Mrs. Fanny Cox was a woman of strong religious instincts, and 
incidents illustrative of Christian character are still related of 

*MiddUsex Probate. 

Cox Genealogy. 6^ 

her by her old neighbors. A house now [1899] standing a little 
north of the North Cambridge R. R. station, was built by 
Samuel* on the site of a little cottage, the home of his father 
Samuels, and probably of his grandfather Matthew^ The Coxes 
were socially inclined, and were prominent in their circle. Mrs. 
Fanny lived to the age of 90 years. In later life she was cared 
for by her son Leonards, who in 1855 was appointed her guar- 
dian, and at her death, April 27, 1855, inherited her property 
and administered her estate.* Samuel-* and his wife were buried 
in the family tomb in the old cemetery opposite Harvard Col- 
lege. Their children were : 

38. i. Samuel, b. Nov, 9, 1793. 

39. ii. Leonard, b. Mar. 3, 1796. 

iii. Fanny, b. July 7, 1800 ; bap. Sept. 9, 1827 ; m. Ira Moe ; d. 1848. 

40. iv. Elbridge, b, May 4, 1806. 

28. Benjamin* Cox (Benjamin^, Matthew% Robert'), was the 

eldest son of Benjamin and Susanna (Tolman Leeds) Cox. He 

was born in Dorchester, Aug. 28, and baptized Sept. i, 1782. 

He went to Lynfield, Mass., 1795, and lived with one Deacon 

Aborm, afterwards serving an apprenticeship at shoe-making 

with Col. Burnham. He married Oct. 23, 1805, Clarissa, 

daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Bancroft) Emerson, and settled 

in Reading, Mass., where for seven and a half years he followed 

his trade of shoe-making. He then returned to Col. Burnham's, 

with whom he remained two years, and finally bought the farm 

where he afterwards resided. Benjamin served in the war of 

1812, and died March 5, 1873. ^^^ children were : 

i. Clarissa Emerson, b. Aug. 8, 1806; m. May 18, 1826, Reuben Weston 

3 ch. : d. July 9, 1897. 
ii. Susan, b. Aug. 27, 1808; m. Nov. 30, 1826, Sumner Pratt, 9ch,; d. 
Oct. 10, 1887. 

41. iii. Benjamin, b. Dec, 12, 1810. 

42. iv. Thomas Emerson, b. July 28, 1813. 
V. Hubbard, b. ;d. inft. 

vi. Hannah Emerson, b. Apr. 15, 1818; m. Nov. 29, 1838, Irenas New- 
comb, 6 ch. 
vii. Harriet Orne, b. Mar. 12,1821; m. Nov. 18, 1841, Charles Leonard 

Bayrd, 2 ch. 
viii. Caroline L., b. June 3, 1823; d. May 5, 1825. 

43. ix. Hubbard Emerson, b. Sept. 3, 1825, 

44. X. George, b. Apr. 8, 1828. 

xi. Parmelia Orne, b. Nov. 17, 1820; d. Jan. Ii, 1832. 

29. Matthew* Cox (Benjamin^, Matthew% Robert'), was born 
in Cambridge, Feb. 5, 1785. In early life he worked at shoe- 
making with Col. Burnham at Lynfield. After becoming of age 

*Middlesex Probate, 22433, 22451 

64 Cox Genealogy. 

he followed the sea, making at least one trip to Brest, France. 
Still later he is in the tobacco business at Andover, Mass. He 
has a record of one day of service as a Lieutenant in the war of 

181 2, and afterward bore the rank of Colonel of the 4th Infantry 
Regiment State Militia. 

He married Apr. 6, 1806, for his first wife Betsey Motey, and 
Apr. 1814, second wife Charlotte Emerson, a sister of his 
brother Benjamin's wife, and relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
Children : 

i, Betsey Motey, b. Aug. 4, 1806; d. Sept. 2, 1808. 

45. ii. Charles Motey, b. Apr. 22, 181 5. 

46. iii. John Orne, b. Jan. 22, 1818. 

47. iv. William Emerson, b. June 7, 1820. 

V. Charlotte Elizabeth, b. Dec. 28, 1822; d. June 8, 1824. 

48. vi. Matthew, b. June 3, 1825. 

vii. Charlotte Elizabeth, b. May 2, 1828: d. Aug. 29, 1839. 

30. Jamess Cox (James^, Samuel^, James^, Robert'), of Mar- 
blehead, was the eldest son of James-* and Margaret (Stanley) 
Cox, born in Marblehead, June 17, 1784. He married Feb. 14, 

1 813, Hannah Main. Like his father, Jamess was a sailor. 

James Cox, ''mate," died Jan. 1827. Hannah Cox, widow of 

James Cox, died 1848, aged 59.* Of the childrenf James^ 

went to California in 1847, and not since reported. William 

Main died in Calcutta unmarried. 

i. Hannah, b. Feb. 12, 1814; m. John Adams, Feb. 20, 1845; 3 ch. 

ii. James, b. July 8, 18 16. 

iii. WilHam Main, b. Feb. 26, 181 8; d. June il, 1842. 

49. iv. Samuel, b. Aug. 27, 1819. 

31. Williams Cox (Samuel^, Samuels, William*, Robert'), of 
Dorchester, was the eldest son of Samuel*, called " Samuel Jr." 
and Mary (Thayer) Cox, baptized Feb. 12, 1786. He died 
June 21, 1872, at the age of 26 years, leaving a son : 

50. i. William. 

32. Samuels Cox (Samuel*, Samuels, William^ Robert'), son 
of Samuel and Mary (Thayer) Cox, was baptized in Dorchester, 
Apr. 20, 1788. At an early date he was living at Saccarappa, 
Me., as a paper manufacturer. The mill in which his business 
was carried on was burned in 1810. Here he married (" Inten- 
tion Apr. 20, 181 1 ") Sally, the daughter of William Babb. 
Samuels died prior to 1820, leaving two sons : 

51. 1. William, b. 18 13. 

52. ii. George. 

*Essex Institutes, 
tA daughter d. Dec. 24, 1819. 
A child d. Oct. 15, 1821. 

1902. No. 9. 

New England 







Rev. John H. Cox, of Lexington, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox Family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy. 65 

1. ELISHA COX of Weston was "under 21 years of age" 
and "servant of Ebenezer Hobbs of Weston " Apr. 1741. Hence 
he was born about 1721-2. He married about 1741 Anna, the 
daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Warren.* Elisha Cox and 
Anna "own the covenant" Jan. 31, 1741-2. 

There was an Elisha Cox, born in Dorchester who was 38 years 
old when he enlisted in 1760, hence born 1722. Elisha Cox was 
an ensign in Col. Gardner's Regiment, the 37th, (after the 
rearrangement at Cambridge, in Nov. 1776, the 25th.) He died 
probably of small pox June 25, 1776, at Isle Aux Noix, on the 
Expedition against Canada. In a letter dated " Crown Point, 
July II, 1776, " Col. Wna. Bondf commanding 25th Regt. writes : 
"Ensign Cox, a good officer, died June 25. | The children of 
Elisha and Anna (Warren) Cox were probably : 

i. Anna, b. July 21, 1741 ; m. Dec. 31, 1766, Wm. Learned, 

ii. Esther, b. Oct. 4, 1743; m. (Pub. Mar. 15) 1766, Nathaniel Bemis. 

iii. Sybil, b. Nov. 6, 1745 ; m. in Waltham, Apr. 11, 1765, William Chenery. 

2. iv. Elisha, b. Apr. 28, 1748. 

3. V. Artemas, bap. July 8, 1762. 

4. vi. Eli. 


2. Elisha' Cox (Elisha') of Weston, was the son of Elisha* 
and Anna Warren Cox, born April 28, 1748. He married 
Oct. 28, 1768, Sarah Bemis. Bond says : "He died in the 
army." He had a son under 14 years of age, Sept. 2, 1782, § 
who perhaps married Molly Bruce, of Marlboro. || 

5. i. Elisha b. about 1767-8. 

3. Artemas 'Cox (Elisha') of Weston, son of Elisha' and Anna 
(Warren) Cox, baptized July 8, 1762 ; married Sally Flagg in 
Waltham, May 18, 1786. He was a Revolutionary soldier : S®" 
He enlisted Apr. i, 1778, for 3 months guard service at Cam- 
bridge as a private in Capt. Daniel Harrington's Co., Col. Jon- 
athan Reed's Regt. Also: Oct. 3, 1778 to Dec. 3, 1778. Also : 

^Middlesex Court Papers, E. Cambridge. 

tCol. Gardner was killed at Bunker Hill. 

XHist. of Middlesex Co., Hurd, p. 182. 

^Middlesex Probate 3575. 

The evidence which puts this man at the head of the Marlboro family is 
not convincing, but " Sarah Cox of Weston, m. Jonathan Greenough of Marlboro 
(Bond) Mar. 26, 1779, may have been his mother. -.^w/. of Marlborough, Hudson," 

\Hist. of Watertown, Bond, p. 188 
fass. Archives, 

66 Cox Genealogy. 

for service in R. I., in Capt. Samuel Heald Co., Col. John Jacobs' 
regiment, Sept. 30, 1779 to Nov. 30, 1779. Also: In Col. Cyp- 
rian How's Middlesex regiment, Capt. Abraham Anderson's Co. 
enlisted July 27, 1780 ; discharged Oct. 30, 1780. ''He was at 
one time detatched for service in guarding and fortifying ports 
in and around Boston."* 

The following bondf sheds light on the family history: 

"Know all men by these presents that I, Artemas Cox of Wawkeeg, Alias 

Bodwine, in the county of Algfolk am held and firmly bound to the 

inhabitants of the town of Weston in the County of Middlesex, in the sum of 
eight hundred dollars to be paid to the said Inhabitants or their certain Attor- 
ney ; for which payment well and truly to be made I bind myself, my heirs, 
executors and administrators, and every one of us firmly by these presents. 
Sealed with my seal. Dated the twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our 
Lord eighteen hundred. 

The condition of this obligation is That whereas the above bound Arte- 

mas Cox, for a valuable consideration to him in hand paid, hath agreed to 
support, clothe, maintain and provide for the widow Anna Cox of Weston, afore- 
said during her life and save the said Inhabitants harmless and free from all 
charges and expenses that may arise therefrom. Now therefore if the said 
Artemas Cox, his heirs, executors or administrators shall well and truly maintain, 
support and provide for the said widow Anna Cox during her life aforesaid and 
save the said Inhabitants harmless and free from all charges and expenses that 
may arise therefrom, then this obligation is to be void, otherwise to remain in 
full force and virtue." 

Signed, sealed and ) EbenrH obbs , ^ 

delivered m presence > Sallv Bridge Artas. Cox Seal. 

of us ^ > 6 • 

The children of Artemas and Sally (Flagg) Cox were : 
6. i. Nathaniel, b. Mar. 18, 1786 ; d. Jan. 28, 1870. 

ii. Annie, m. Elephalet Allen. 

iii. Sally, m. Jeremiah Bridge, pub. Nov. 29, 1759. 

4. Eli* Cox (Elisha') Family RecordsJ show this man the 
son of Elisha Cox and brother of Artemas, and that they came 
from Connecticut. Their residence there however may have 
been temporary. Tradition varies as to the date and place of 
his birth from " Springfield, about 1740," to some place in 
"Conn., Aug. 15, 1754." He married first, Almira Demanford, 
of Conn., by whom he had two children, Elisha and Rowena. 
These children, after the death of their mother, are said to 

*• Mass. Archives. 

t Town Records of Weston, 1804-1826, p. 393. 

{Family Bibles of James and Isaac Cox, sons of Eli, 

Cox Genealogy. 67 

have "returned with the Demanfords to Conn." Eli Cox 
married second, Mehitable Flagg in Weston, Feb. 23, 1785 
(Bond). She was born July 31, 1752, and died Oct. 25, 1825. 
He moved from Weston to Middle Bay, near Brunswick, Me., 
about 1786. "He lived inTopsham Village in 1802, and probably 
died there " Feb. 4, 1818. He was by trade a potter. 

John Flagg and Louis Flagg of West Bowdoinham, Co. of 
Lincoln, Mass., and Eli Cox and Mehitable his wife, Artemas Cox 
and Sally his wife, all of Harpswell, Co. of Cumberland, Mass., 
" yeomen " sell to Nathaniel Bemis a tract of land in Weston, 
Mass., Mar, 31. 1789.* 

Eli Cox of Weston and his wife Mehitable, and Artemas Cox 
and his wife Sarah, sell land in Weston, being an " undivided 
part of the estate of David Flagg, of which estate the said 
Mehitable Cox and Sarah Cox are heirs," May 10, i787.'|" The 
children were : 






Lydia, b. July 31, 1780 ; m. Ezekiel Hinkley ; 

d. Dec. 23, 1820. 


Marcia, b. Oct. 23, 1788 ; m. Nathaniel Cox ; 

d. July 20, 1873. 

7. V. 

Isaac, b. Sept. 4, 1790. 

8. vi. 

James Warren.b. Feb. 2, 1793. 

5. Elisha3 Cox (Elisha^ Elisha'), of Marlborough, | born 

about 1768 ; married Molly Bruce, June 28, 1791. Children : 

9. i. Elisha, b. Oct. 23, 1791. 

10. ii. Rufus, b Nov. 3, 1793. 

11. iii. Willard, b. May 9, 1796. 

12. iv. Loring, b. June 26, 1799. 

V. Lorie, d. July 4, 1887, wid. Mary Ann.§ 

vi. Maria, m. Col. Daniel Pope. 

6. Nathaniel^ Cox (Artemas^ Elisha^), was the adopted son 

of Artemas and Sally (Flagg) Cox, born in Weston, Mass., Mar. 

18, 1786, died April 28, 1870. He married his cousin Marcia, 

the daughter of Eli and Mehitable Flagg Cox, in Waltham, 

Nov. 9, 181 1. Their children were : 

i. Rowena, b. Jan. 18, 1812 ; d. Sept. 26, 1830. 
ii. Mary J., b. Nov. 8, 1813 ; d. Aug. 17, 1869. 

iii. Julia Hinkley, b. Jan. 15,1816; m. Oct. 2, 1851, Cyranus Sawyer; 
d. Apr. 19, 1894. 

*Middlesex Deeds, Vol. 100, p, 187. 
\Middlesex Deeds, Vol. 96, p. 362. 
\ Hist, of Marlboro, Hudson. 
^Middlesex Probate, 22478. 

68 Cox Genealogy. 

13. iv. James Alden, b. Jan. 16, 18 18. 

V. Albina Stamford, b. Feb. 2, 1820 ; m. Dec. 27, 1842, John Alexander ; 
d. Sept. 28, 1870. 

14. vi. Sewall, S., b, Feb 23. 1822. 

15. vii. Isaac S., b. Oct. 24, 1824. 

16. viii. Hartley Bradford, b. Dec. 28, 1826. 

ix. Emeline S., b. June 20, 1830; m. Geo. Flint, Nov.17,1855; d.Aug.13,1857. 

7. Isaacs Cox (Eli=', Elisha'), son of Eli^ and Mehitable 
(Flagg) Cox, was born at Topsham, Sept. 4, 1790. He married 
181 1, Desire Estes, born Oct. 15, 1788. He died July 20, i860. 
Their childred were : 

17. i. Alfred, b. May 6, 18 12. 

18. ii. Elisha, b. Mar. 30, 1814. 

iii. Cyrus Beede, b. May 7, 1815 ; m. Jan. 25, 1863, Martha Thompson ; 

d. April 26, 1876. 
iv. Louisa, b. July 11, 1816 ; m, Isaiah Day, Nov. 29, i860 ; d. Sep. 22,1891 

19. V. Eli Demanford, b. June 25, 1818. 

20. vi. James, b. Mar. 14, 1820. 

21. vii. Charles Hinkley, b. Feb. 24, 1822. 

viii. Melvin C, b. Feb. 14, 1824 ; d. Oct. 25, 1824. 
ix. Mary, b. Sept. 10. 1825 ; d. Sept. 27, 1825. 
X. Lydia Ann, b. Sept. 18, 1826 ; m. ist, Capt. David Curtis, Aug. 15, 

1847 ; he d. Feb. 21, 1884 ; m. 2d, Henry Lermond, Aug. 6, 1875. 
xi. Maria Ellen, b. Apr. 20, 1828 ; m. Ezekiel Grover, Sept. 27, 1866. 
xii. Louis Lunt, b. May 25, 1831 ; d. Feb. 8, 1897. 

8. James Warrens Cox (Eli^ Elisha'), was born at Topsham, 

Me., Feb. 2, 1793. He married Mary Estes, of Brunswick, 

Feb. 3, 181 1. He is by occupation a farmer, and is Justice of 

the Peace. Like his brother Isaac, he magnified his office to 

extend the Cox line. The two families consist of twenty-seven 

persons. James Warrens Cox died May 12, 1859. 

i. Almira Demanford.b. Nov. 13, 181 1 ; m. Feb. 3,1830, Lewis Lunt; d. Dec. 

19, 1830. 
ii. Elisha Tattle, b. Mar. 10, 1813 ; d. Oct. 19, 1813. 

Lydia Estes, b. Sept. 27, 1814; m. Dec. 23, 1843, Charles H. Bliss; d. 

Oct. 13, 1896. 
Harriet Abington, b. Dec. 24, 1816 ; m, July 25, 1845, Benj. Rossiter 

Robinson; d. Apr. 3, 1887. 
Sarah Jane, b. Nov, 10, 1821; m. Sept. i, 1850, John L. Hammond; 

d. April 18, 1856. 
Augustus Franklin, b. Jan. 8, 1824, 

Mary Ann, b. June 30, 1826; m. Mar. 13, 1850; Elijah Packard Robin- 
son; d. Dec. 28, 1889. 
Caroline Day, b. May 7, 1829; m. Jan, 28, 1855, Thos. C. Pinkham. 
James Henry, b. June 10, 1832. 
X. Ellen Maria, b. Nov. 6, 1834; d. July 2, 1835, 
xi. Francis Maria, b July 21, 1836; m. Dec, 30, 1876, Leonard Selee, 

9. Elisha^ Cox (Elishas, Elisha^ Elisha'), of Marlboro yeo- 
man, son of Elisha and Molly (Bruce) Cox, born Oct. 23, 1791, 
married Elizabeth Wilkins, May 13, 1824, and died about Feb. 
or March, 1855, leaving widow Elizabeth and four children. 





, vi. 





Cox Genealogy. 69 

Elizabeth Cox, then of Hudson, Mass., died May 6 or 7, 1871. 


i. Emily, m. Geo. W. Bailey. 

ii. Elizabeth, m. Cyrus D. Munson. 

iii. Almira, m. James Mann. 

24. iv. Emory, b. about 1841. 

10. Rufus4 Cox (Elisha3, Elisha^ Elisha'), of Watertown, 
"coachman" son of Elisha and Molly Bruce Cox, born Nov. 3, 
1793, died within four months of May, 1856. His widow, Eliz- 
abeth T., requests that Rufus Cox, of Marlboro, being "next 
heir," be administrator. There are no children. Elisha 
Cox's estate is one of the creditors, f " Rufus Cox was the coach- 
man of Cushing, of Watertown, the rich Chinese importer."^ 

11. Willard^Cox (Elisha3, Elisha^ Elisha^), of Hudson, son of 
of Elisha^ and Molly Bruce Cox, born May 9, 1796, married 

Susan. ? She speaks of Mary Pope, wife of Daniel 

Pope as a sister, and Lore Cox as a brother § Willard Cox died 
June 19, 1875. Susan Cox, widow of Willard Cox, of Hudson, 
died July 18, 1887. She speaks of Mary Jane Houghton, as 
" neice," and Sylvania Cox, wife of Rufus Jr., " now deceased " 
June 7, 1887.11 

12. Loring4 Cox (Elisha3, Elisha^ Elisha'), of Marlboro, 
"Farmer and Innholder " died about June, 1854, leaving a 
widow, Alma A., and two children, one a minor, the other of 
age and in California at the time. Rufus Cox, of Marlboro, is 
one of the heirs. The name of Willard Cox appears as one of 
the creditors of the estate of which William H. Wood is admin- 
istrator. The " estate of Elisha " is also mentioned ; also " The 
Cox heirs Lot." Rufus and Lucian received shares, and Lucian is 
said by his guardian, Ebenezer Wilt, to be " the only person 
interested," except Rufus. Lucian Cox is called a minor child of 
Loring Cox, above fourteen years old Feb. 14, 1855, interested 
in land lying in Bolton, formerly belonging to Elisha Cox.^ 
Loring Cox, of Marlboro, son of Elisha and Molly Bruce, born 
June 26, 1799, married Anna ? Wood, daughter of Moses Wood, 

* Middlesex Probate, 22430, 2425. 
^Middlesex Probate, 22449. 
X Wilber F. Brigham, Hudson, Mass. 
^Middlesex Probate, 22294. 
^Middlesex Probate, 228 1 6. 
'{Middlesex Probate, 22446-7. 

yb Cox Genealogy. 

April 14, 1823. (Is this Alma A., or did he marry twice?) He 

died about June, 1854, leaving widow Alma A. and two 


25. i. Rufus. 
ii. Edwin. 
iii. Lucien A. 

13. James Alden^ Cox (Nathaniels, Artemas', Elisha'), son 

of Nathaniel and Marcia Cox, was born Jan. 16, 1818 ; married 

in Gardiner, Me., Sept. i, 1842, Mary A. Wentworth. He died 

Dec. I, 1875. Children : 

i. Julia A., b. Feb. 3, 1844 ; m. John G. Wiley, Mar. 22, 1868 ; d. July 9, 


ii. George F., b. Sept. 15, 1846 ; d. Jan. 3, 1876. 

iii. Mary A., b. Feb. 14, 1849 ; d. Feb. 17, 1849. 

iv. Marcia S., b. Feb. 3, 1850 ; d. Dec. 11, 1851. 

V. Frank W., b. June 20, 1852 ; d. Mar. 14, 1855. 

vi. Caroline H., b. Jan. 31, 1856. 

vii. Gertrude A., b. Dec. 15, 1858. 

14. Sewall S-t. Cox (Nathaniels, Artemas*, Elisha'), son of 
Nathaniels and Marcia Cox, born Feb. 23, 1822 ; married in 
Durham, Me., Charlotte Johnson, died in Brunswick, June 
3, 1887. Children; 

26. i. Richard H., b. Oct. 9, 1844; m. Mary I. Ward, May 28, 1868. 

ii. Melissa, E., b. Dec, 14, 1849; m. Reuben Whitney, Oct. 12, 1872. 

27. iii. LesHe E., b. May 11, 1858; m. May 20, 1880, Ada Dennison. 

iv. Edith EmeHne, b. Jan. 5, 1865. 

15. Isaac S4. Cox (Nathaniels, Artemas*, Elisha'), was the 
son of Nathaniels and Marcia Cox, born Oct. 24, 1824, mar- 
ried first, Esther Alexander, in Litchfield, Me., Oct. 7, 1851. 
Second, Mrs. Caroline Chase, Nov. 28, i88g. He moved from 
Bath, Me., to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, April, i860, where Mrs. 
Esther Cox died Nov. 7, 1887, and Mrs. Caroline, June 19, 1891. 
Children by first wife : 

28. i, Fred Isaac, b. April 15, 1856. 
ii. Laura May, b. Mar. 8, 1864. 

16. Hartley Bradford-* Cox (Nathaniels, Artemas*, Elisha'), 
son of Nathaniels and Marcia Cox, was born at Bowdoin, 
Me., Dec. 28, 1826. He married Ann Sarah Carter, at Rich- 
mond, Me., Nov. 17, 1853. He was a farmer in Montville, Me. 
Children : 

29. i. Charles Bradford, b. Aug. 3, 1854. 

30. ii. John N., b. May 13, 1856. 

iii. Elsa M., b. April 27, i860; m. Mar. 20, 1882, Edward F. Curtis, 
iv. Almon C, b. Mar. 4, 1863; d. July 5, 1864. 
V. Alice M., b. Feb. 6, i866j d. Feb. 3, 1869. 

Cox Genealogy. Ji 

17. Alfred* Cox (Isaac3, Eli^ Elisha'), was born at Bow- 
doin, May 6, 181 2. He was son of Isaacs and Desire (Estes) 
Cox. He married first, his cousin Adeline Estes, daughter of 
Israel Estes, of Durham, Me., April 11, 1837. He married 
second, Miriam, daughter of Daniel Booker, Oct. 20, 1839. ^^ 
married third, Sarah Ann Gilpatrick, of Webster, Me., Nov. 20, 
i860. Mrs. Adeline Cox died Aug. 30, 1838. Mrs. Miriam 
Cox died April 28, i860. He died Mar. 30, 1877. He had one 
child by first wife, four by second, and two by third, as follows : 

i. Delphina Adeline, b. Feb. 5, 1838; d. Apr. I, 1879. 

ii. Hannah A., b, Oct. 19, 1840; d. Sept. 15, 1841. 

iii. Melville A., b. July 13, 1843; d. Aug. 22, 1848. 

iv. Solon Elisha, b. Aug. 17, 1847; d. Sept. 4, 1848. 

V. Edgar Winfield, b. Apr. 21, 1850; d. Apr. 18, 1866. 

vi, Miriam Augusta, b. Oct. 16, 1861 ; m. Wm. David Coombs. 

31. vii. Isaac Nathaniel, b, Apr. 7, 1863. 

18. Elisha4 Cox (Isaacs, EliS Elisha'), son of Isaacs and 
Desire (Estes) Cox was born at Bowdoin, Me., Mar. 30, 1814. 
He married Irene Harding, of Westport, about 1840. He was 
a shipbuilder at Bath, Me. Retired from business and moved 
to Havre de Grace, Md., about 1870, where he died Mar. 2 
1899. The children were : 

i. George H., b. Aug. 5, 1841. 

ii. Harriet L., b. Dec. 28, 1843; m. Geo. Varney. 

iii. Adeline E., b. Oct. 13, 1847; d. Aug. 30, 1851. 

32. iv, Gershom Herbert, b. Apr. 1849; d. Apr. 11, 1873. 

V. Emily A., b. Feb. 3, 1852; d. Nov. 11, 1884. 
vi. Lydia, b. Feb. 11, 1857. 

19. Eli Demanford4 Cox (Isaacs, Eli^ Elisha'), born at 
Bowdoin, Me., June 25, 1818, was the son of Isaac and Desire 
(Estes) Cox. He married Mrs. Lizzie A. (Wentworth) Free- 
man, of Vassalboro, Dec. 1853. He was a shipbuilder. He 
died Sept. 29, 1895, in China, Me. Mrs. Lizzie Cox died March 
14, 1892. 

20. James* Cox (Isaacs, Eli^ Elisha'), son of Isaac and Desire 

(Estes) Cox, was born at Bowdoin, Me., Mar. 14, 1820. He 

married Sept. 3, 1843, Priscilla, daughter of Rev. Nathaniel 

Purrington. She died Mar. 3, 1897. Children : 

33. i. James Franklin, b. June 7, 1844. 

ii. Susan Merilla, b. Oct. 4, 1846; d. Nov. 17, 1848. 

iii. Mary Ella, b. Sept. 25, 1851; m. Jacob Merriam. 

iv. Annie Louisa, b, Dec. 20, 1853. 

V. Lizzie Eveline, b. Apr. 13, 1856; m. Wm. Dening. 

vi. Katie Maria, b. Aug. 19, 1859; m, Walter M. Mallet, 

72 Cox Genealogy. 

21. Charles Hinkley^ Cox (Isaacs, Eli^ Elisha') son of 

Isaac3 and Desire (Estes) Cox, was born at Bowdoin, Me., Feb. 

24, 1822. He married Eveline Purrington, Dec. 14, 1852. By 

trade a ship carpenter. Mrs. Eveline Cox died Nov. 18, 1891. 


i. Annie Emma b, Jan. 3, 1861. 
ii. Frederick Charles, b. Feb. 3, 1864. 

22. Augustus Franklin^ Cox (James Warrens, Eli^ Elisha^) 
son of James Warren? and Mary (Estes) Cox, was born Jan. 8, 
1824. He married first, Tryphena, daughter of James Jones, of 
China, Me., May 12, 1846. Second, S. Jane Goddard, of Bruns- 
wick. No children by second wife. He was a boot and shoe 
manufacturer. Died April 10, 1891. Children : 

i. Charles Henr>', b. July 18, 1847; d. Sept. 12, 1848. 

34. ii. Henry Packard, b. Oct. 5, 1849. 

iii. Rosalia Hinkley, b. July 15, 1851; m. John M. Hussey Dec. 12, 1872. 

iv. Emma Francis, b. Feb. 13, 1853; d.Aug. 31, 1853. 

V. Albert Carroll, b. Mar. 9, 1856; d. Nov. i, 1856. 

35. vi. Frank Willis, b. Dec. 9, 1859. 

vii. James William, b. Jan. 14, 1864; d. Aug. 30, 1864. 

36. viii. Edward W^eston, b. Sept. 6, 1865. 

23. James Henry4 Cox (James Warren? Eli* Elisha') son of 

James Warren? and Mary (Estes) Cox, was born at Brunswick, 

Me., married Jan. i, 1859, Mary O. daughter of Thomas 

Coombs. He was a farmer and lived in Brunswick, Maine. 

Died Jan. 6, 1876. Children : 

37. i. George Herbert, b. Feb. 2, 1862. 

ii. Hattie Eliza, b. Mar. 27, 1864 I d- Sept. 17, 1887. 

38. iii. Winfield Scott, b. Jan. 29, 1866. 

iv. Sarah Rowena, b. Oct. 31, 1868; m. 1901. 

V. Howard Thomas, b. Jan. 15, 1871 ; d. Feb. 14, 1897. 

24. Emorys Cox (Elisha^, Elisha?, Elisha^ Elisha') of Marl- 
borough, a minor child of Elisha of M., — Geo. L. Bailey is 
appointed Guardian in place of Ebenezer Wilt, resigned. He is 
about 14 in 1855, son and only minor Heir interested in estate, en- 
titled to one fourth part with other heirs, viz. : 

Emily Bailey w of Geo. W. Bailey 
Eliza Munson w of Cyrus Munson 
Almira Mann w of James Mann* 

*Middlesex Probate, 22432, 2425. 


Members of the Neiu England Association Mark Their Annual 

Gathering by Addresses Bearing Upon Their 

History and Ancestry. 

At Hotel Westminster last evening about seventy-five descendants 
of William Cox, who landed in this country at Pemaquid, Me., in 
1625. gathered for the annual reunion of the New England Associa- 
tion of the Cox Family. There was a brief business meeting at which 
these officers were elected: President, Charles M. Cox of Melrose; 
vice president, Alfred E. Cox of Maiden ; secretary. Edward J. Cox, 
Newtonville; treasurer, George H. Cox, Jr., Cambridge; historical 
recorder, John H. Cox of Lexington. Charles M. Cox presided, and 
told of a visit which he had made during the last year to Bristol, 
England, from which the originator of the New England Cox family 

Among other after-dinner addresses was one by L. E Holden, pro- 
prietor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose topic was " Municipal 
Government." He referred to the influence of the New England 
man in the West, not only in politics but in general social life, and 
spoke at some length on the evil influence of the corruption of poli- 
tics by the money influence. 

Alfred E. Cox, treasurer of the State Republican committee, spoke 
on "The Position of Women in the Family," paying tribute to our 
mothers and grandmothers. 

George Howland Cox, chairman of the park commissioners of 
Cambridge, spoke especially of Melville Cox, who had achieved 
great fame on the coast of Africa as an explorer, and whose name in 
that section of the world was held in high regard. 

An interesting paper written by Dr. Gardner Cox of Holyoke and 
which was entitled " St. George," told of the New England history 
of the Cox family of Barnard, Vt. 

Among the other speakers were Guy M. Cox of this city. Rev. 
John Cox of Lexington, historian of the society, and John W. Cox of 
Medford. During the evening W. J. Lockhart gave an interesting 
reading, while Mrs. Lockhart, E. F. Poland and F. Lincoln Pierce 
contributed vocal selections. 



No. 10. 

New England 








Rev. John H. Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 

Historian of the N. E. Cox Family Association. 


Identification of any of tha Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy. 73 

25. Rufiiss Cox (Loring4, Elisha^, Elisha^ Elisha'), 
"yeoman " of Marlborough, died Nov. 28, 1861, leaving widow 
Sylvania and no children. His heirs are " Almy," (Alma) his 
mother, and Lucien his brother, who is under the guardianship 
of Ebenezer Wilt. Willard Cox is administrator. Rufus Cox 
of Watertown, married Sylvania Hastings, April 2, 1846*. Syl- 
vania Cox died April 6, 1848, and lies buried in the Hastings' 
lot, Cambridge Cemetery. 

26. Richards Cox (Sewell S.^ Nathaniels, Artemas^ Elisha') 
son of Sewall S*. and Charlotte (Johnson) Cox was born at 
Brunswick, Me., Oct. 9, 1844 ; married Mary Ward at Freeport, 
Me., May 28, 1868. Two children : 

Lillian L., b. Jan. 22, 187 1. 

Bertha M., b. June 14, 1878; d. June 27, 1899, 

27. Leslie E5. Cox (Sewall S-*, Nathaniels, Artemass, Elisha') 

son of Sewall S*. and Charlotte (Johnson) Cox was born at 

Brunswick, Me., May 11, 1858 ; married March 20, 1880, Ada 

Dennison, of Freeport. Children : 

i. Chester G., b. Jan. 3, 1881. 

ii. Herbert W., b. Feb. 26, 1882. 

iii. Mildred E., b. May 20, 1887. 

iv. Agnes S., b. Apr. 21, 1891. 

28. Fred Isaacs Cox (Isaac S.^, Nathaniels, Artemas*, Elisha') 
son of Isaac S. and Esther (Alexander) Cox, was born at Rich- 
mond, Me., Oct. 9, 1851. He married first, June 27, 1888, 
Caroline B. Furness of Vineland, Wis.; second, Becky A. Lord, 
of the same place, Dec. 25, 1895. Caroline (Furness) Cox died 
Mar. 31, 1894, at Vineland. Two children : 

i. Orrin Furness, b. Dec, 6, 1889; d. Apr. 13, 1893. 
ii. Sadie May, b. Apr. 20, 1893. 

29. Charles Bradfords Cox (Hartley Bradford^ Nathaniels, 
Artemas^ Elisha') son of Hartley Bradford-^ and Ann Sarah 
(Carter) Cox was born at Montville, Me., Aug. 13, 1854 ; married 
Jan. 21, 1882, Josephine Judkins of Marlboro, Mass. One child : 

i. S. Jennie, b. May 9, 1884. 

30. John Ns. Cox Hartley Bradford-*, Nathaniels, Artemas*, 
Elisha') son of Hartley Bradford-* and Ann Sarah (Carter) Cox, 
was born at Montville, Me., May 13, 1856 ; married Addie 
Cooper, at Belfast, Me., June 4, 1887. 

* Cambridge Records f Vol. 4, p. 133. 

74 Cf'^ Gefiealogy. 

31. Isaac Nathaniels Cox (Alfred*, Isaac^, Ell^ Elisha'j son 

of Alfred-* and Sarah Anne (Gilpatrick) Cox, was born at Bowdoin, 

Me., April 7, 1863. He married Kate, daughter of Lyman and 

Augusta (Chandler) Prescott, of Auburn, Me., Jan. i, 1892. He 

is a Journalist at Manchester, N. H. Two children : 

i. Lyman Prescott, b. Nov. 23, 1892. 
ii. Katherine Prescott, b. Mar. 29, 1897. 

32. Gershom Herberts (Elisha'», Isaacs Eli^, Elisha') son of 
Elisha* and Irene (Harding) Cox, was born at Bath, Me., April 
1849 ; died April 11, 1873. He married at Michaelsville, Md. , 
and had one child : 

i. George Herbert, b. Sept. 3, 1873. 

33. James Franklins, (James^ Isaac3, Eli^, Elisha') son of 

James* and Priscilla (Purrington) Cox, was born June 7, 1844 ; 

married ist, Francena A. Snow, Jan. 25, 1869. She died May 

26, 1875 5 °^^ child. July i, 1877, he married Mary Jane Day 

of Durham ; four children : 

i. Gilbert Gowell, b. Tan. 9, 1870. 

ii. Wilber Ernest, b. June 5, 1881. 

iii. Perley William, b. Dec. 24, 1882. 

iv. Fannie May, b. April 13, 1886. 

V. Walter Merriam, b. Nov. 6, 1888. 

34. Henry Packards Cox (Augustus Franklin*, James3, Eli^ 
Elisha') son of Augustus Franklin* and Tryphena (Jones) Cox, 
v/as born at Brunswick, Me., Oct. 5, 1849. He married Dec. 11, 
1872, Almira, daughter of James and Rebekah (Prescott) Hussey, 
of Vassalboro, Me. With his two brothers, Franks and Edward 
Westons he is continuing in Portland, Me., the boot and shoe 
business established by their father in 1842. Henry Packard 
Cox was the first President of the New England Cox Family 
Association, and has contributed largely to the success of its 

35. Frank Williss Cox (Augustus Franklin*, James3, Eli% 
Elisha') the son of Augustus Franklin* and Tryphena (Jones) Cox, 
was born at Brunswick, Me., Dec. 9, 1859. He married at 
Gardiner, Me., Nov. 14, 1884, Josephine Hunt. He is a boot 
and shoe manufacturer at Portland, Me. Has one child : 

i. Neal Willis, b. Jan. 19, 1886. 

36. Edward Westons Cox (Augustus Franklin* James^, Eli^ 
Elisha') son of Augustus Franklin* and Tryphena (Jones) Cox, 


President N. E. Cox Family Association, 1897,1899. 
(See page 74.) 

Cox Genealogy. 75 

was born at Brunswick, Sept. 6, 1865 ; married at Portland, Me.,- 

Nov. 14, 1887, Lena Prince. Two children : 

i. Margaret, b. Dec. 3, 1893. 
ii. Eleanor Weston, b. Feb. 3, 1902. 

37. George Herberts Cox (James Henry*, James Warren^, 

Eli*, Elisha') the son of James Henry* and Mary O. (Coombs) 

Cox, was born at Brunswick, Me., Feb. i, 1865; married Nov. 

24, 1887, Anna Francis Newhall, of Saugus, Mass. He is a 

farmer and resides in Brunswick, Me. Two children : 

i. Hattie Olive, b. Apr. 12, 1890. 
ii. Marion Newhall, b. Aug. 15, 1892. 

38. Winifred Scotts Cox (James Henry* James Warren^, Eli*, 

Elisha') son of James Henry* and Mary O. (Coombs) Cox, was 

born at Brunswick, Me., Jan. 29, 1866. He married Mary 

Louise, daughter of Benjamin and Lucy (Snow) Estes of Durham, 

Me., June 25, 1891. Two children : 

i. Fred Walter, b. Dec. 19, 1892. 

ii. Florence Rowena, b. Apr. 11, 1895. 


7. Josiah3 Cox (John*, John') was (probably) the son of John* 
and Tabitha (Davenport) Cox, and if so, was born June 28, 171 5. 
Josiah Cox and Martha IngersoU " both of Boston" were married 
in King's Chapel, Jan. 25, 1739.! Josiah Cox and wife Martha, 
who "recognized the covenant publickly " June 28, 1741, have 
children baptized in the First Church. 

The name of "Josiah Cocks" appears in the list of charter 
members of the "Fellowship Club," now Boston Marine So- 
ciety, organized June i, 1742. 

i. Dorothy, b. Aug. 30, 1741. 
ii. Mary Andrews, b. Aug. 18, 1745. 
iii. Joseph, b. May 17, 1747. 

8. Johns Cox (John*, John') was the son of John*, and Ta- 
bitha (Davenport) Cox, born in Dorchester, Aug. 3, 17 19, and 

*Continued from page i6, No. 2. 
^Records, King's Chapel. 

J 6 Cox Ge7iealogy. 

was therefore about ten years old when his father and his family 
removed to Falmouth, now Portland, Me. John^ married ist, 
September, 1739, Sarah Proctor, by whom he had nine children ; 
seven daughters and two sons. From this family the old line of 
Portland Coxes are descended. Johns married 2nd, Sarah 
Bodkin, of Boston, the ceremony being performed in Christ's 
Church, May 20, 1760.* Nine children, three daughters and six 
sons made up the secbnd family. 

The succeeding twenty years were years of political ferment. 
Johns remained loyal to his king. In this he seems to have had 
the sympathy of his family : for soon after the Revolution, they 
removed to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, where their descendants 
still reside ; many however, having drifted back to the States. 
Johns Cox died about 1802, aged 83."|" 

i. Keriah. 

ii. Sarah, 

iii, Dorcas. 

iv. Karenhappuck; m. Peter Thomas. 

V. Martha, 

vi. Mary. 

vii, Nancy. 

Josiah, b. 1756, 



Samuel, d. inft. 



5. xi. 













Elizabeth, bap. Christ's Church, Boston, May i, 




9. Unites Cox (William^ John') of Maiden, the son of 

William^ and Thankful (Mandsley) Cox was born in Dorchester, 

Sept. 29, 1723. He married in Maiden, Mass. (" intention ") 

July I, 1745, Lydia Faulkner. " His name is on the tax list in 

1 759-" " He lived to a very great age." A Unite Cox married 

Mary Cox in Boston, J Sept. 8, 1767. Unite's children were : 

i. Lydia, b. Oct. 23, 1746; m. James Dodge of Boston, May 26, 1765. 

ii. Samuel, b. July 5, 1748; d. Dec. 26, 1753. 

iii. Rebecca, born Oct. 26, 1750; m. Aug. 3, 1802, Daniel Dodge. 

16. iv. Unite, b. Nov, 14, 1752. 

*Church Records. 
t Preble Memorial, Boston Retards. 

\Malden Bi-Centennial : Maiden Records, by D. C. Corey. Family Records 
of Unite Cox and Mrs. Geo. D. Allen. 

Cox Genealogy, 77 

V. Rhoda, b. Jan. 12, 1755. 

vi. Samuel, b. May 20, 1757. 

vii. Samuel, b. Aug. 20, 1758. 

viii. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 20, 1760? 

10. Jesse3 Cox (William^, John') son of William^ and Thank- 
ful (Maudsley) Cox was born Nov. 2, 1734. He married Ann 
Townsend, the daughter of William and Sarah Sales Hickling, 
and sister of Susannah, wife of his brother Lemuel Cox. Jesse 
Cox, wife Ann, and Lemuel Cox, wife Susannah, all of Boston, 
"Wheelwrights" have records in Suffolk County, February 
6 and 27, and October 8, 1765.* 

i. Sally, b. Dec. 9, 1762. 

ii. Thankful, b. July 10, 1765. 

iii. Ann, b, June 27, 1767; m. Nov. 23, 1789, William Bacon, 

iv. Mary, b. Nov. 4, 1768; m. Dr. Lewis. 

V. Jessie Moseley, b. Feb. 5, 1772; m. May 31, 1791, Susannah Sumner, 

vi, Margaret, b. Feb. i, 1774; d. unm. 

11. Lemuel^ Cox (William^, John') the youngest son, though 
not the youngest child of William^ and Thankful (Maudsley) 
Cox was the most noted of the family. He was born in 1736, 
"in Boston." He married in 1763, Susannah, daughter of 

William and Sarah Sales Hickling. She was the sister of his 
brother Jesse's wife. She died Aug. 6, 1814. 

Lemuel^ was a famous mechanic and bridge builder. He 
built the first bridge across the Charles river, a piece of work 
for the time in which it was constructed was considered very 
remarkable. Its opening in 1746 was celebrated with great 
pomp by a great civic and military procession, including both 
branches of the legislature, our friend Lemuel Cox occupying a 
prominent position. The muse contributed a poem of forty 
stanzas, of which the following is a specimen : 

" Now Boston, Charlestown, nobly join, 
And roast a fatted Ox; 
On noted Bunker Hill combine. 
To toast our patriot COX."t 

He visited the old countries and performed many works re- 
quiring great mechanical and engineering skill. A bridge 
in Ireland, near Dublin, bore his name inscribed upon its 
piers till a very recent date. 

Lemuels Cox, with his brother Jesse, "Wheelwrights" "all 

*Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 103, p. 239, 251. 

t" Historic Fields and Mansions." " Landmarks of Boston." — Drake. 

78 Cox Genealogy. 

of Boston " purchased land in Boston as early as 1765.* Later 
they removed to Taunton : for Lemuel Cox, of Taunton, Co. of 
Bristol, Mass., "wheelwright" mortgaged land in Boston, near 
his house on Batterymarch St., Sept. 23, i782.f 

Lemuels removed from Taunton to Boston about 1789, and 
lived there till June, 1792, when he moved to Medford, where 
he lived till 1798. He died in Charlestown, Feb, 18, 1806. 

Lemuels is said to have been a staunch loyalist, for which he 
served a term of confinement at Ipswich, in 1775.I Like many 
another man of genius, he does not seem to have acquired great 
riches. His will is " proved " May 13, 1806. In the order for 
distribution of his estate, Dec. 10, 1819, the following heirs 
received equal parts : " Richard Meanwell, (?) for his wife 
Eliza," " Rhoda Tufts, Harriet Tufts, Simon Tufts, Susannah 
Tufts, Mary Ann, wife of Rufus Brackett, James Dudley, Eliza 
Dudley, and Lemuel Cox."§ The children of Lemuels appear to 
have been: 

William Hickling. 
Lemuel Jr. 
John Sales Hickling. 
V. Susannah Hickling, m. Simon Tufts of Medford. 9 children, 
vi. Elizabeth Brightman, m. first, George Dudley of New Bedford; an En- 
glishman. 5 children, m. second, a Condon, 
vii. Harriet, b. 1783; m. 1805 Isaiah Lewis of Boston, brother of Nancy, 

wife of James S. H. Cox; d, Feb. 9, 1861. 2 children. 

12. Ebenezers Cox (Ebenezer^ John') (see page 16).^ 

^Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 103, p. 239, 251. 
\ Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 136, p. 60. 
jGardiner Cox, Holyoke, Mass. 
^Middlesex Probate, 3578. 

II Four other children are said to have died in infancy. Wyman's Charles- 
town; Joseph Willard Esq. of Boston, grandson of Harriet Cox"*. 

Tf(By error the story of Ebenezer' was inserted too early. The following 
numbers should also be inserted in the margin : ) 

Page 14 : 
7. ii. Josiab. 

8. iv. John. 

Page 15. 

9. iv. Unite. 

10. viii. Jesse. 

11. ix. Lemuel. 

12. ii. Ebenezer. 

13. vii. Benjamin. 

Page 16. 
21. viii. John Davenport. 







Cox Genealogy. 79 

13. Benjamin^ Cox (Ebenezer^, John') son of Ebenezer* and 
Thankful (Davenport) Cox, was born in Dorchester, Nov. 3, 
1740. He married Oct. 15, 1761, Jerusha, daughter of Richard 
and Jerusha George. 

Benjamin Cox, of Dorchester, aged " about 16 years " chooses 
Ebenezer Crowell of Wrentham, " gunsmith " for his guardian 
in 1757. He mentions Ebenezer Cox " a cooper " as his father.* 
His father was drowned Oct. 7, 1753. 

Benjamin3 removed from Wrentham, Mass., to Hardwick, 
about 1760. He was actively engaged in the French and Indian 
wars. He appears as a private in the Company of Captain Eben- 
ezer Cox in 1758, as a sergeant in 1759, and as ensign in 1760. 
He removed to Barnard, Vt., about 1777, where he became one of 
the most active citizens. He was chosen captain of the militia 
during the Revolution, and at different times served as assessor, 
justice of the peace, and representative of his town. He died 
Sept. 25, 1788, aged 48. 

The children of Benjamins and Jerusha (George) Cox were : 

22. i. George, b. July 31, 1762. 

ii. Jerusha, b. Feb. 16, 1764; m. ist, Holland Blackmer, Nov. 7, 1782.111. 2d, 
Jedediah Jepherson ; 4 cbildren. 

23. iii. Benjamin, b. Aug. 13, 1766. 

24. iv. Ebenezer, b. Nov. 28, 1768. 

V. Philena, b. June I, 1771 m. (pub.) Nov. 29, 1792, Josiah Newton, of 
Hardwick; d. in Petersham, Mass. 

25. vi. Charles, b. Oct. 18, 1773. 

vii. Lucinda, b. Jan. 26, 1776: m. July 11, 1793, Daniel Eastman. Lived in 
Potsdam, N. Y. 

26. viii. Thomas, b. Aug. 20, 1778. 

ix. Fanny, I3. Nov. 30, 1783; m. William Young Henry; d. a widow in 
Barre, Mass. 10 children. 

14. Josiah^ Cox (John^, John^ John') was the son of John^ 
and Sarah (Proctor) Cox, born in Portland, Me., in 1756, and 
died at the same place July 20, 1829, aged 73 years. He was a 
merchant and prominent as a citizen in his native city. He 
married Jan. 23, 1785, Susan, the daughter of Joseph and 
Susan Greenleaf. She was born in Newburyport, Jan. 17, 1768, 
and died in Portland, Dec. 17, 1850, aged 82. Children : 

i. Susan, b. Nov. 8, 1785; m. Abel Vinton, 1806, and removed to Ohio, 

ii. Eliza, b. Feb. i, 1788; m. Dea. Joseph Harrod; d. Apr. 14, 1842. 

ii. Fanny, b. May i, 1790. 

v. Caroline, b. Sept. 11, 1792; m. 1818, Elisha Vinton; d. Aug. 11, 1828. 

V. John, b. Feb. 29, 1794; d. Mar. 9, 1794. 

* Suffolk Probate, Vol. 52. p. 637. 

8o Cox Genealogy. 

2"]. vi. John, b. Feb. 13, 1795. 

vii. Mary, b. Dec. 26, 1797; d. Jan. 7, 1798. 

viii. Josiah, b. Jan. 26, 1799; d. at Madeira, 

ix. Emily, b. June 11, 1801. 

X. Mary, b. Nov. 11, 1804; m. Enoch Ilsley, 1830. 

15. Harry4 Cox (John^, John^ John') son of John?, or Capt. 
John, as he was called by his second wife Sarah (Bodkin) Cox, 
moved with his father to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, where he 
married Susan Eaton, and had nine children; seven sons and 
two daughters.* 

i. Harry. 

ii. Judah. 

28. iii. Samuel. 

iv. George. 

V. John, 

vi. Arthur. 

vii. Garland b. 1811; m. Pineo; d. 1889. 

16. Unite-* Cox (Unites, William*, John') of Maiden, was the 
son of Unite3 and Lydia Faulkner Cox, born in Maiden, Nov. 
15, 1752 ; married April 6, 1776, Hannah Sprague. In the 
town records of Maiden he is called " Captain Unite," and is 
reported to have been leader of a company of militia men. 

The following is taken from an October number of the Boston 
Traveler for 1897 : 

" An interesting fact relating to ' Old Ironsides,' the centen- 
nial of whose launching will be celebrated Thursday, came to 
light at the reunion of the Cox family at Mattapan, recently. 
It seems that the oak of which the ' Eagle of the Sea ' was 
built, was cut on his farm at North Maiden (now Melrose) by 
Unite Cox, and by him hauled to the ship-yard where now stands 
Constitution wharf. 

" When it came to making the turn to enter Charlestown Sq. , 
wagers were freely offered that Mr. Cox would not be able to 
manage with the long timbers which were to form the keel, but 
fate had decreed that success was to attend every effort con- 
nected with the Constitution, and the turn into the square was 
made in spite of all difficulties. Possessors of relics made from 
the original wood of the Constitution, may thus know the very 
town whose soil furnished the sturdy oak."f 

♦Names of daughters not ascertained. Notes by Rev. O. E. Cox. 

tThe above story is related by Unite's granddaughter, Mrs. Geo. D. Allen, of Maiden. 

1903. ^^^- '' 

New England 







Rev. John H. Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 













C(K\- Genealogy. Si 

The children of Capt. Unite and Hannah (Spragne) Cox were : 

i. Samuel, b. Feb. 2i, 1777; d. July 1778. 

ii. Hannah, b. Nov. 30, 1779; m. Sept. 15, 1801, Edward Newhall. 

iii. Rebecca, b. Oct. i, 1781; m. James Green. 

iv. Betsey, b. Apr. 2, 1785; m. Benjamin Mansfield of Saugus. 

Lemuel, b. July 12, 1789. 

Polly, b. Aug. 31, 1792; m. James Howard. 

James, b. May 18, 1794. 

John, b. Apr. 10, 1797. 
xi. Harriet, b. July 9, 1799; m. Apr. 8, 181 7, John Vinton, 
xii. Sally, b. Mar. 15, 180 ; d. Feb. 12, 1802. 

17. William Hickling*Cox (Lemuels, William% John')was the 
eldest son of Lemuel^ and Susannah (Hickling) Cox. He visited 
Ireland with his father, and after his father's return, went back 
to Ireland, where he married an Irish lady by the name of 
Catherine. They lived at Dublin. He visited this country once 
at least with his wife. They had no children. He died in 
Savannah, Ga., whither he had gone on business. 

18. Lemuel* Cox (Lemuel^, William^, John') the second son 
of Lemuel^, "The Bridge Builder," and Susannah (Hickling) 
Cox, inherited the mechanical talent of his father. He visited 
Ireland with his father, and afterward became a sailor. On a 
voyage of discovery somewhere in the Pacific, he, with one or 
two other men, went up some river for exploration purposes 
and not returning after some days, the ship sailed away leaving 
them to their unknown fate. He was a young man at the time 
and left a wife and one child. 

19. John' Sales Hickling^ Cox, (Lemuel^, William^ John") 
third son of Lemuels and Susannah (Hickling) Cox, married ist, 
Nancy Lewis. He was a young man of scholarly ability, and 
served as lieutenant in the war of 181 2. Mrs. Cox was in feeble 
health at the time of her marriage and died three weeks after 
the wedding. John S. Hickling^ was ordered away on a three 
years' cruise soon after his marriage, and returned to find him- 
self a widower. After the close of the war he married 2d, 
Mrs. Arabella Percelle and settled in Charleston, S. C, where 
he probably died. He had two sons by his second wife : 

i. Roland, 
ii. William. 

20. James* Cox (Lemuels, William^ John') fourth son of 
Lemuels and Susannah (Hickling) Cqx, lived in New Bedford, 


82 Cox Genealogy. 

Mass. He married at the age of nineteen, a Miss Tabor, a 
Quakeress. They moved to Ohio, where James died, leaving 
three sons. 

21. John Davenport* Cox* (Ebenezer?, Ebenezer% Thomas')! 
son of Capt. Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Wight) Cox, was born 
March 24, 1765, and lived in Hardwick, Mass. He married Anna 
Powers of Brimfield, (published) July 17, 1786. He died April 
26, 1795, leaving a widow. Children : 

i. Stephen, b. 1789; d. April 2, 1791. 

ii. Ebenezer, b. May I, 1791; d. at Worcester, Dec. 14, 1863, aged 72. 

iii. Parmelia. 

iv. Maria.} 

22. George* Cox (Benjamin^, Ebenezer^ Thomas') the son of 
Benjamin and Jerusha (George) Cox, was born July 31, 1762. 
He married, Aug 19, 1788, Sarah, daughter of Thomas C. and 
Sally Chamberlin, by whom he had eight children. A relative§ 
has said of him: "George, while intensely religious, was not 
noted for his liberality. He was probably the richest man in 
town, a leader in the church," (Methodist) " a constable for many 
years, cautious and calculating, bigoted and severe." He died 
August 3, 1843. 

I. Sarah, b. Nov. 21, 1791; m. Aug. 31, iSio, Thomas Perkins. 2 children. 

d. Dec. 23, 1846. 
ii. Clarissa, b. Jan. 31, 1794; d. June 7, 1848; unmarried, 
iii. Roxanna, b. Mar. 20, 1796; m. Nov. 7, 184 , Daniel Billings; d. Oct. 
30, 1869. 
George, b. Mar. 23, 1799. 
Daniel, b. Aug. 2, 1801. 
Solomon, b, Feb. 2, 1804. 
vii. Lucinda, b. May 4, 1807; d. June 16, 1839, unmarried, 
viii. Lovisa, b. Jan. 4, 1810; m. Jan. 13, 1830, Daniel W. Fox; 4 children; 
d. Dec. 17. 1857, in Castleton, Vt. 

23. Benjamin* Cox (Benjamin^, Ebenezer^ Thomas') the 2d 
son of Benjamin^, and Jerusha (George) Cox, was born Aug. 13, 
1766. He married, Jan. 27, 1792, (published Apr. 12, 1791, in 
Oxford, Mass.,) Luc)^ the daughter of Elijah and Rachel (Kings- 

*See page 16. 

t" For John (i) I would say ' Thomas,' for I am satisfied that John was the 
uncle. Though you have it John in the previous numbers, I would change it, as 
those tliat are interested in this line will get it in my list Thomas; and I have made 
the explanation that it was used John with my knowledge, but that I have since 
come to believe that it certainly was Thomas, — Gardner Cox, Holyoke, Mass. 
March, 1903. 

See pp. 12, 13. 

t History of Hardwick. — Paige. 

§Dr. Gardner Cox, Holyoke, Mass., to whom I am indebted for most of 
the facts recorded of this branch of the family. 















Cox Genealogy. 83 

bury) Larnard, of Oxford, Mass. She was born July 8, 1768, 
and died June 5, 1836. They had six children. Benjamin* 
married 2d, Miss Irene Shepherd, of Sharon, Nov. 1837. He 
died May 15, 1847. 

i. Nancy, b. Nov. 21, 1792; m. Dec. 14, 1 813, Thomas Wilber; lived in 
West Randolph, Vt. 
38. ii. Gardner, b. Apr. 15, 1794. 
Benjamin, b. May 30, 1796. 
Lyman, b. Jan. 9, 1799. 
Allen, b. Apr. 26, 1801. 
Aurin, b. Dec. 6, 1803. 

24. Ebenezar'» Cox (Benjamin^, Ebenezer-, Thomas') 3rd son 

of Benjamin and Jerusha (George) Cox, was born Nov. 28, 

1768, and died in Barnard, Vt., May 26, 1841. He married ist, 

Hannah, daughter of Richard and Hannah (George) Ware, of 

Wrentham, Mass. She was a niece of Jerusha (George) Cox, 

and died May 2, 1826, aged 53. He married 2d, widow Mary 

Holland, mother of Mary Holland, who married Horatio Henry, 

son of Fanny Cox and William Y. Henry. By his first wife he 

had five children : 

i. Susie, b. May 5, 1798; d. Mar. 26, 1799. 
ii. Hannah Ware, b. Jan. 27, 1803; d. June I, 1826; m. Jan. 27, 1822, 

Jacob Campbell, 
iii. Ebenezer, b. Mar. 28, 1805; suicide June 13, 1840, unmarried, 
iv. Adeline, b. Aug. 19, 1808; d. Mar. 5, 1870; m, ist, John Walcott; 2d, 

Apr. 7, 1830, Stephen Hicks; 3rd, Sept. 5, 1841, Stephen S. Hill. 
V. Emily, b. Sept. 12, 1810; d. Mar. i, 1821. 

25. Charles* Cox (Benjamin^, Ebenezer^, Thomas') the 6th 
child of Benjamin^, was born Oct. 18, 1773, ^^^ ^\&^ in Potsdam, 
N. Y. , Mar. 26, 1814, aged 41, He married ist, Susannah, 
daughter of Thomas Swift. She died in Pomfret, Vt. , Oct. 13, 
1807, aged 25. He married 2d, Jane (Peggy) Swift. She died 
in Potsdam, N. Y., Sept. 19, 1838, aged 54. One child by ist 
wife, two by 2d. 

i. Susannah, m. Charles Eastman, her cousin, son of Lucinda Cox and 

David Eastman, 
ii. PauHna, b. July 14, 1810: m. Hubbard Hathaway. 
43. iii. Charles B. b. Jan. 2, 1813. 

26. Thomas* Cox (Benjamin^, Ebenezer*, Thomas') young- 
est son of Benjamin^ and Jerusha (George) Cox, was born in 
Barnard, Vt., Aug. 20, 1778, and died in Potsdam, N. Y., in 
1862. He married ist, Jane, daughter of Ebenezer and Rosanna 
Bowman ; 2d, Melvina (English) Henry. "Thomas was a great 
lover of the woods and of hunting, and carried on the fur 
business, buying and selling and trapping on the Rackett and 
St. Regis Rivers. There is a tradition that he smuggled furs 
out of Canada, until the Custom officers shot a ball througli his 

84 Cox Genealogy. 

27. Johns Cox (Josiah4, John3, John^ John') of Portland, 
Me., was the son of Josiah^ and Susan (Greenlief) Cox, and was 
born Feb. 13, 1795- He married ist, Thankful Harris, daughter 
of Jeremiah and Thankful (Harris) Gore of Boston, the ceremony 
taking place in the HoUis Street church Nov. 4, 1817. She was 
born in Boston, Oct. 19, 1798, and died at Portland, Me., July 
II, 1833, aged 34. Johns married 2d, Adeline, daughter of Capt. 
Enoch and Sally (Cross) Preble of Portland, Nov. 4, 1835. Mrs. 
Cox died in Portland, Aug. 1883. 

Mr. Cox possessed excellent business ability, and was one of 
the largest ship builders in the state ; but the great fire 
in 1866 swept away the greater part of his property. He 
died in Portland, Jan. 25, 1871, aged 75, and was buried in 
Evergreen cemetery. Mr. Cox had a family of nine children, 
six by his first wife. 

i. Susan Gore, b. Dec. 31, 1818 d. Sept. 6, 1819. 
ii. Susan Zabiah, b. Aug. I, 1820; m. Nov. 1845, Commodore Geo. 

Henry Preble : d. July. 22, 1875. 4 children, 
iii. Caroline Augusta, b. Mar. 22, 1823; d. July 11, 1833. 

44. iv. John Harris, b. Sept. 28, 1824. 

45. V. Josiah, b. June i, 1828. 

46. vi. Edwin Bartlett, b. May 20, 1833. 
vii. Frances Ellen, b. Feb. 16, 1837. 

viii. Elizabeth Harrod, b. June 30, 1843; ^'- April 28, 1844. 
ix. Elizabeth Harrod, b. Aug. 24, 1845. m. July 29, 1874, Charles H. Lamp- 
son : 2 children. 

28. Rev. Samuels Cox (Harrys, Johns, John% John') was the 
son of Harry and Susan (Eaton) Cox. He married Lavinia 
Hamilton, and they had one son. They lived in Cornwallis, 
Nova Scotia. 

47. i. George Davenport, b. Nov. 18, 1835. 

29. Garlands Cox (Harry*, Johns, John^", John') was the son 

of Harry4 and Susan (Eaton) Cox. He married Eliza K., 

daughter of George Pineo, descendant of the French Huguenots, 

and had five children. Garlands was born in 1811, and died in 

1889. Three of the sons were Baptist ministers ; George D., 

Joseph H., and Obadiah Erastus. 

i. Garland, 

ii. George Davenport, 

iii. Joseph Henry. 

48. iv. Obadiah Erastus, b. Oct. 2, 1843. 

30. Samuels Cox (Unite*, Unites, William^ John') of Maiden, 
Mass., was the son of Unite* and Hannah (Sprague) Cox, born 
June 12,1787, and died Sept. 26, 1859. He was twin brother of 











Cox Genealogy. 85 

United Cox, and married Mar. 22, 1809, Elizabeth Stanton, who 
died May 25, 1884. Mr. Cox was a manufacturer of lasts, and 
was a man of wealth. His widow and seven children survived 

Samuel Albert, b. Dec. 11, 181 1. 

George Parker, b. Mar. 5, 18 14. 

Eliza, b. Feb. 8, 1816; d. Oct. 4, 1817. 

David Parker, b. Aug. 17, 181 8. 

Eliza Sprague, b. Mar. 4, 1821 ; m. Joseph Warren Tufts, Jr. 

Joseph Warren, b. Nov. 12, 1823. 
vii. Emeline Estes, b. Mar. 12, 1826; m. Isaac Augustus Stiles. 
viii. Mary Frances, b. Feb. 3, 1829: m. George D. Allen; 3 children. 
ix. Henry Augustus, b. Nov. 28, 1831; d. May 16, 1832. 
X. Henry Augustus, b. Mar. 24, 1834; d. Sept. 12, 1864. 
xi. Arthur Watson, b. May 3, 1837; d. Oct. 23, 1839. 

31. Unites Cox (United Unite?, William^ John') of Maiden, 
Mass., son of Unite* and Hannah (Sprague) Cox, twin brother 
of Samuels Cox, was born June 12, 1787. He married Sally 
Waite, who died Dec. 28, 1872. Unites died July 14, 1864. 

Franklin Cox and Henry J. Cox choose Samuel Cox of Maiden, 

to be their guardian. Samuel is also guardian of Augustus M., 

(under 14 years), all children of Unite Cox, deceased. Joseph 

Cox is bondsman. f Children. 

i. Samuel Waite, b. July 27. 1812 ; m. Hannah Woodbury, of Beverly, 
Mass. No children. 

Sarah, b. July 2, 1816 ; unmarried. 

Joseph Caswell, b. 1S18. 

John Fletcher, b, Aug. 3, 182 1 ; d. Nov. 28, 1891, unmarried. 

Martha Waite, b. July 4, 1824 ; m. John Curier ; d. July 11, 1853. 

Emily Brown, b. Oct. 29, 1826 ; killed in railroad accident, Nov. 19, '86. 

Franklin, b. Aug. 2, 1830 . m. Lizzie J. Stowell ; d. Feb. 9, 187 1. 

Henry Jackson, b. Sept. 17, 1832. 

Augustus Manford, b. Mar. 2, 1839. 

Lemuels Cox (Unite*, Unite?, William^ John') son of 
Unite* and Hannah (Sprague) Cox, was born July 12, 1789. He 
married ist, May 28, 181 5, Lydia Harnden. Mrs. Cox died 
Mar. 2, 1832, aged 57. He married 2d, Oct. 4, 1833, Sarah O. 
Haven. There were eleven children. 

i. Mary Hills, m. May 10, 1841, Adam Thompson. 

ii. Lydia Harnden, d. unmarried. 

iii. Maria, m. Moses Sargent, 

iv. Adeline Pierce, m. Wilber F. Haven. 

V. Ellen Augusta, m. George F. Sanger. 

vi. Sarah Haven, b. Dec. 10, 1838 ; m. O. B. Brown. 

56. vii. Lemuel Melville, b. Mar. 10, 1835. 

viii. Franklin Haven, b. 1837 ; d. Aug. 7, 184 1. 

ix. Bethia Haven, b. Sept. 27, 1840. 

X. Emma, died in infancy. 

xi. Emma, d. in infancy. 

*Middlesex Probate, Vol. 22. p. 435. 
^Middlesex Probate^ Vol. 22, p. 436. 














86 Cox Genealogy. 

2,2^. Jamess Cox (Unite'*, United, William^ John') son of 

Unite* and Hannah (Sprague) Cox, was born May i8, 1794. He 

married ist. Mar. 13, 1816, Sarah Dexter Sargent. 2d, Susan 

T. Crehore. Mrs. Susan T. (Crehore) Cox died May 10, 1883. 

Mr. Cox had no children by his first wife. He died i866, 

i. Sarah Dexter, b. Dec. 24, 1818. 

ii. James Dexter, b. July 23, 1821. 

iii. Sarah Sargent. 

iv. Franklin, b. June 10, 1825 ; d. Sept. 21, 1826. 

V. Charles Davis, b. June 10, 1831. 

57. vi. William Watson Niles, b. June 16, 1828. 

vii. George Learned. 

34. John5, Cox (Unite4, Unites, William^ John') the youngest 
son of Capt. Unite-* and Hannah (Sprague) Cox, was born Apr. 
10, 1797, and died Dec. 12, 1835, He married July 5, 1818, 
Lydia Andrews, of Weare, N. H., and had eight children. 

58. i. John Andrews, b. Apr. 13, 18 19. 

59. ii. Charles Cole, b. Dec. 26, 1820. 
iii. Lydia, m. Joseph Mills. 

iv. Hannah Sprague, b. Jan. 6, 1828. 

60. V. Levi, b. April 27, 1824. 

vi. Rebecca Green, b. Mar. 16, 1826. 
vii. Asa Shin, b. Nov. 8, 1830. 
viii. Mary Andrews, b. Apr. 11, 1835. 

35. Georges Cox (George*, Benjamin^, Ebenezer^ Thomas') of 

Barnard, Vt., son of George* and Sarah (Chamberlain) Cox, was 

born Mar. 23, 1799 ; was a devoted Methodist and prosperous 

farmer. He lived on the homestead in Barnard until he died. 

He married Mar. 28, 1827, Louisa, daughter of Asa and Lydia 

(Stewart) Paige. She died May i, 1879, aged 76. George? Cox 

died June i, 1885. 

i. Charles G., b. July 3, 1830 ; m. Emma K. Bride, Aug. 13, 1856 ; no ch» 
ii. Mary L., b. Sept. 18, 1833 ; d. Aug. 27, 1863 ; m. Dr. Charles Wesley 
Brigham, Jan. 24, 1859. i child. 

61. iii. Lucian D., b. Aug. 5, 1835. 

iv; Sarah L., b. Mar. 18. 1839 ; m. Dr. Charles W. Brigham, Mar. 28, 1864 ; 
I child. 

36. Rev. Daniels Cox (George*, Benjamins, EbenezerS John') 
was the son of George* of Barnard, Vt., and Sarah (Chamberlain) 
Cox. He was born in Barnard, Vt., Aug. 2, 1801. He entered 
the Methodist ministry in 1828, and served chiefly in the State 
of Maine 47 years. He married May 30, 1833, ist, Mary Mars- 
ton, of Bath, Me. She died July 20. 1853. He married 2d, 
Bethiah Newton, also of Bath, Jan. i, 1855. She died Sept. 18, 
1856. He married 3d, Minerva Matthews, of Vermont, Jan. 20, 
1858. She died Aug. 25, 1863. He married 4th, widow Mary K. 
Brown, daughter of Nathaniel and Margaret Chapman, Feb. 2I; 

(lk'lljan)ill^ Ik-ujaniin'. Ebeiiezer-. Thoinas'.) See pa^je 87. 

Cox Genealogy. 87 

1865. Rev. Daniels died Dec. 29, 1875, in Damariscotta, Me., 

highly respected by all who knew him. His children were : 

i. Sarah Jane, b. May 20, 1834 ; m. Sept. 28, 1S58, William H. Robinson; 

eight children, 
ii George Henry, b. Aug. 30, 1836 ; m. Mar. 19, 1868, Louisa Marshall. 

62. iii. Charles Augustus, b. Feb. 10, 1839. 

iv. Mary F.. b. Sept. 4, 1840 ; d. Aug, 20, 1841. 

63. V. Daniel Wesley, b. April 8, 1842. 

64. vi. Wilbur Franklin, b. Mar. i, 1844. 

vii. Mary Latitia, b. Apr. 17, 1867 ; m. Feb. 22, 1888, Edward Rogers 
Castner. i child. 

37. Solomons Cox (George-*, Benjamins, Ebenezer^ Thomas') 
of Barnard, Vt., the son of George* and Sarah (Chamberlain) Cox, 
was born Feb. 2, 1804. He married Jan. 8, 1845, Hannah, the 
daughter of David and Rebecca Bugbee. Mrs. Cox died July 2, 
1894, aged 82. Solomons died June 21, 1868. They had three 

65. i. Daniel S., b. Dec. 21, 1845. 

ii. Henry F., b. May 28, 1848 ; d. Jan. 28, 1893, unmarried. 
66.. iii. Melvin, b. Feb. 21, 1855. 

38. Gardners Cox (Benjamin*, Benjamin^, Ebenezer*, Thomas') 
eldest son of Benjamin* and Lucy Larnard, was born April 15, 
1794. He married ist, Esther, daughter of Jacob and Esther 
(Lindsey) Hicks, of Royalton. He married 2d, a widow named 
Welch. Having no children of his own, he adopted several. 
He served with his brother Benjamin in a battalion of the Green 
Mountain Boys, and was in the battle of Plattsburg. In the 
winter of 181 7 he purchased a water power privilege in Pierpont, 
N. Y., where he resided until his death. Mar. 14, 1878. "He 
was a zealous Methodist." 

" Gardner Cox, of Cox's Mills, (now Hanawa Falls) St. Law- 
rence County, N. Y., was the pioneer; built and was the sole 
owner of a village of mills — sawmill, gristmill, cloth-dressing 
works ; potato starch factory, cornstarch factory, machine shop 
— all built of Potsdan red sand stone ; also a large, mansion of 
cut Potsdan stone, set on an elevation in a wilderness of shade 
trees, the most conspicuous object for miles around." — G. C.) 

39. Benjamins Cox (Benjamin*, Benjamin^, Ebenezar^ Thom- 
as') the son of Benjamin* and Lucy (Larnard) Cox, was born in 
Barnard, Vt., May 30, 1796. He married in Barnard, Mar. 20, 
181 7, Mary, daughter of Ebenezer and Rosanna (McFarland) 
Bowman. She died May 5, 1842, in Pierpont, N. Y. He 
married 2d, Clarissa Jane, daughter of Daniel and Prudence 

88 Cox Genealogy. 

(Newton) Walker, April 8, 1845, in Canton, N. Y. She died 

May 10, 1874. Benjamin' Cox died in Potsdam, N. Y., Aug. 13, 

1873. Children:* 

i. Cordelia, b. Dec. 13, 1818 ; m. May 22, 1838, Varnum Clark : d. Mar. 

4, 891. 
ii. Frances Caroline, b. Sept. 24, 18 19 ; m. June 17, 1847, Carlton B. 

Wheelock, Greenbay, Wis. ; d. May i, 1902 ; 2 children, 
iii. Avilla, b. Aug. 3, 1821 ; d. July 8, 1845, aged 24 years. 
iv. Mary Jane, b. Oct. 25, 1823 ; m. Apr. 22, 1841, Demarquis Parmenter ; 

d. Dec. 24, 1893. 
V. Lydia Isabella, b. June 5, 1825 ; m June, 1851, John Clark ; d. Oct. 
1876 ; five children. 

67. vi. Lyman, b. Apr. 2, 1826. 

vii. Lucy Ann, b. May 4, 1838 ; m. Sept. 29, 1859, Alvin Anstead, four 

children ; d. Oct. 20, 1869. 
viii. Daniel Walker, b. July 29, 1848- 
ix. Edna Prudence, b. Jan. 16, 1851 ; m. Mar. 16, 1869, Levi Parker Cran- 

dall, of Hanawa Falls, N. Y. 

40. Lymans Cox (Benjamin*, Benjamin^, Ebenezer^ Thomas') 
was the son of Benjamin*, born Jan. 9, 1799. "He was the 
best mechanic of the family. After learning his trade, he went 
to Pierpont, N. Y., and lived with his brother Gardner." He 
died Nov. 30, 1824. 

41. Aliens Cox (Benjamin*, Benjamin^, Ebenezer^, Thomas') 
was the son of Benjamin-* and Lucy (Larnard) Cox, born April 
26, 1801. He was the third in successive descent to inherit the 
old homestead at Barnard, Vt. He married April 3, 1828, 
Catherine, daughter of Rev. Uriah and Susie (Peck) Smith, of 
Woodstock. Mr. Cox was a staunch democrat and a decided 
Universalist. Modesty was a conspicuous trait of his character. 
He cared very little for office, although he filled repeatedly 
positions of public trust, and represented his town in the legis- 
lature in 1853. Allen' died Aug. 9, 1862, aged 61. Widow 
Catherine Cox afterward married Feb. 3d, 1887, Enoch French. 
She died April 22, 1894. There were seven children, four boys 
and three girls. , 

68. i. Alfred Smith, b. Jan. 5, 1829. 

ii. Nancy Wilber, b. Oct. 2, 1830; d, in Detroit, April 29, 1888; m. Sept. 

27, 1851, William C. Danforth. 
iii. Philena, b. Oct. 13, 1832; Mar. 6, 1871, Ziba Dustin, Enfield, N. IL 
iv, Franklin Benjamin, b. Mar. I, 1835; m. Dec. 31, 1857, Mary Ann free- 
man; d. Jan. II, 1894. 

69. V. Allen Vail, b. Oct. 2, 1837. 

vi. Maria S., b. Dec. i, 1840; resides in Detroit, Mich. 
70. vii. Gardner, b. May 28, 1843. 

*Three children by first wife died in infancy. 


The Sixth Annual Reunion of the New England Association of 
Cox Families took place in the Bellevue Hotel, Boston, October 
29, 1902. About seventy-five persons were in attendance, and the 
following olificers were elected : Alfred E. Cox, of Maiden, Mass., 
President ; L. Emory Holden, of Cleveland, Ohio, Vice-President ; 
Edward J. Cox, of Newton ville, Mass., Secretary; George Howland 
Cox, Jr., of Cambridge, Mass., Treasurer, and Rev. John H. Cox, of 
West Harwich, Mass., Historian. 

The reunion began with a reception and social gathering, and 
after the banquet timely topics were discussed by these speakers : 
Isaac N. Cox, of Manchester, N. H. ; Mrs. George Fall, of Maiden ; 
George Howland Cox, of Cambridge ; Charles M. Cox, of Maiden, 
and Samuel Cox, of Lynn. The speaking was interspersed with 
music rendered by George Howland Cox, Jr., and Mrs. W. J. Lock- 
hart, of West Roxbury. Charles M. Cox, the retiring President, 
acted as toastmaster. The gathering was called by many " One 
of the very best." The Treasurer's report showed a handsome 
balance in the treasury. 

1903. No- ^2- 

New England 






Rev. John H, Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy, 89 

44. John Harris^ Cox (Johns, Josiah*, John^, JohnS John';, 

of Portland, Me., was the son of Johns and Thankful Harris 

(Gore) Cox born in Portland, September 28, 1824. He married 

Nov. 4, 1852, Julia Leavitt Allen and died in Portland, Sept. 18, 

1897. The children were : 

73. i. John, b. Aug. 14, 1854. 

ii. Mary Allen, b. Dec. 13, 1856; d. May 25, 1891. 

iii. Frank Tuttle, b. Nov. 15. 1859: d. Dec, 8, 1862. 

iv. Adeline Preble, b. Dec. 25, 1861. 

45. Josiah^ Cox (Johns, Josiah^, John3, John^ John'), the 
second son and third child of Johns and Thankful Harris (Gore) 
Cox, born June i, 1828, married May 31, 1855, Sarah Todd, 
daughter of Soloman Todd Allen. Mrs. Cox died at Portland, 
April 4, 1 87 1, aged 38 years. Josiah^ died in Chelsea, Mass., 
April II, 1874. Their children were : 

i. Allen, b. Jan. 22, 1856; d. Boston, July, 1888. 

ii. Arthur, b. Dec. 8, 1857; d. Portland Aug, 14, 1876. 

iii. Charles Frederick, b. July 14, 1863; d. Sept. 19, 1863. 

iv. WilHam Leavitt, b. Oct. 31, i860; d. April 23, 1864. 

V. William Wood, b. Oct. 31, 1864, 

vi. Walter, b. Mar. 14, 1866; adopted after his father's death by Rev. 

Green, and is a Minister, 

vii. Sarah Todd Allen, b. Nov. 20, 1870; d. May 10, 1871. 

46. Edwin Bartlett^ Cox (Johns, Josiah^ JohnJ, John% John'), 
the youngest son of Johns and Thankful Harris (Gore) Cox, born 
May 20, 1833, married Nov. 25, 1858, Rhoda Harris Hazen and 
now (1903) resides in Boston, Mass. There are three children. 

i. Frederick Augustus Prince, b. Sept. 3, 1859. 
ii. Edwin Bartlett, b. July 25, 1861. 
iii. Enoch Ilsley, b. Dec. 27, 1867. 

47. George Danforth^ Cox (Samuels, Harrys, John^, John% 
John'), son of Rev. Samuel and Lavinia (Hamilton) Cox, was born 
Nov. 18, 1835. He married Annie Augusta, daughter of Richard 
and Sarah Ann (Ellison) Gerrish of Chelsea, Mass., and died 
June 12, 1893. They had six children. 

i. Mary Alberta, b. Feb. 12, 1858. 
ii. Annette Frances, b. Sept. 16, i860 ; m. May 16, 1877, William H. 

Rowland. 2 children. 
iii. Annie Belle, b. Jan. 16. 1867 ; m. Apr. 21, 1887, Frank LeGrand 

Noble. 3 children. 
iv. George Davenport, b. Oct. 3, 1868. 

V. Beatrice Augusta, b. June 7, 1870 ; d. June 18, 1896, at West Newton. 
vi. Eva Josephine, b. Sept. 30, 1872. 

48. Obadiah Erastus<^ Cox (Garlands, Harrys Johns, JohnS 
John'), son of Garlands, and Eliza K. (Pineo) Cox, was born at 

go Cox Genealogy. 

Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Oct. 2, 1842. He graduated from 
Acadia College in 1866, and was ordained to the Baptist ministry 
Dec. 10, 1867. He graduated at Newton Theological Institu- 
tion in 1873, and has since served various churches as pastor in 
Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire. He married 
first Sept. 5, 1878, Sarah Emily, daughter of Job and Sarah L. 
Miller, of Warren, R. I. Mrs. Cox died Oct. 2, 1886, and he 
married second at Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 13, 1891, Mary E., 
daughter of Edmund and Letitia Ison. There are four children: 

i, Eugene Loigh, b. July 15, 1879. 

ii. Florence Louise, b. Oct. 25, 1880. 

iii. Emily Gertrude, b. Apr. 17, 1883. 

iv. Edith Maud, b. Aug. 4, 1885. 

49. Samuel Albert^ Cox (Samuels, United United," William% 
John',) of Maiden, Mass., was the son of Samuels and Elizabeth 
(Stanton) Cox, born in Maiden, Dec. 11, 181 1. He married Dec. 
30, 1834, Harriet Hall of Chelsea, 

Samuel Albert Cox of Maiden, " a machinist," died 1856, 
leaving a widow, Harriet H. and five children, all minors.* 
Four of these children inherit by the will of their grandfather 
Samuels, who died Sept. 26, 1859. 

74. i. Albert Thompson, b. Mar. 3, 1837. 

ii. Harriet Josephine, b. June 25, 1838 ; m. Ivory Richardson, 

iii. Arthur Watson, b. Nov. 26, 1840. 

iv. Catherine Adelaide, m, Bagnal ; d. Nov. 22, 1897. 

V. Marion, m. Jordan ; engaged in literary pursuits, 

vi. et als d. infancy. 

50. George Parker^ Cox (Samuels, United Unites, William^ 
John'), son of Samuels, and Elizabeth (Stanton) Cox was born 
Mar. 5, 1814. He married Mar 5, 1835, Mary Ann Morrison of 
Boston. He died July 27, 1886. He had no children of his 
own, but adopted a daughter. 

Fanny Arabella, b. Dec. 29, 1847 ; "^- Samuel R. Priest. 

51. David Parker^ Cox (Samuels, United Unites, William% 
John'), of Maiden, Mass,, was the son of Samuels and Elizabeth 
(Stanton) Cox, born in Maiden Aug. 17, 1818. He married first 
July 14, 1842,. Rebecca Ann Waite. Mrs. Rebecca Ann Cox, 
wife of David Parker Cox died Dec. 3, 1884. He married second 

* Middlesex Probate, 20633, 22452. 

Cox Genealogy. qj 

Lottie Scales. David Parker Cox of Maiden died Jan. 13, 1896, 
leaving a widow, Lottie S. and daughter Annie R. Colby.* 
The following children are mentioned ; 
i. Frances, dead, 
ii. Annie, R., m. Laurens F. Colby. Dead. 

52. Joseph Warren^ Cox (Samuels, Unite*, UniteJ, WilliamS 
John'), of Maiden, Mass., son of Samuels and Elizabeth (Stanton) 
Cox, was born Nov. 12, 1823, and died Sept. 22, i860. Remar- 
ried Hannah S. Hoar of Littleton, Mass., and had three children. 
75. i. Edwin Augustus, b. Sept. 6, 1848. 

ii. Carrie, m. John Sleeper, and moved to Colorado, 
iii. Emma, m. Albert Lawrence. 

53. Joseph Caswell^ Cox (Unites, Unite*, Unites, William% 
John'), son of Unites and Sally (Waite) Cox, born Mar. 11, 1819, 
married first a woman by the name of Perkins, by whom he had 
no children. He married second Helen Richardson, by whom 
he had one child. Joseph Caswell^ died in Maiden, Oct. 23, 
1858. His widow, "having one infant child," survives him and 
administers his estate. He is designated as "a trader." The 
child's name is : 

Frank Palmer. 

54- Henry Jackson^ Cox (Unites, Unite*, Unites, WilIiam^ 
John'), son of Unites and Sally (Waite) Cox was born Sept. 17, 
1832. He married first, in 1864, Rosa A. Crocker, second Oct. 
20, 1894, Lizzie M. Crocker. He died Feb. i, 1899, and the 
following obituary notice appeared : 

"Henry J. Cox, aged 64 years, a well-known Maiden shoe 
dealer, dropped dead about nine o'clock yesterday morning 
while shovelling snow in front of his house on Main street. He 
was twice married and left two sons by his first wife and one 
daughter by his second wife. He was born in Maiden, was a 
decendant of the old Cox family, and belonged to several secret 

176. i. Austin Henry, 

ii. Lillian M. 

iii. William, 

iv. Anna Belle. 

55. Augustus Milford^ Cox, (Unites, Unite*, United, William% 
fohn'), youngest son of Unites and Sally (Waite) Cox was born 

* Middlesex Probate, 181 16, 41 682. 

g2 Cox Genealogy. 

in Maiden Mass., Mar. 2, 1839. He married Rebecca N., daugh- 
ter of James and Clara S. (Corson) Pratt, Sept. 30, 1862. He 
has no children. 

56. Lemuel Melville^ Cox, (Lemuels, United, United, William% 
John',), was the son of Lemuel^ and Sarah O. (Haven) Cox, 
born Mar. 10, 1835. ^^ married first Sarah H. Smith, Nov. 20, 
1862 ; second, Clarissa E. Spencer June 2, 1869. Mrs. Sarah 
(Smith) Cox died Oct. 5, 1868. There were three children in 
each family. 

i. Edith Haven, b. Apr. 23, 1864 ; m. George H. Wyley. 

ii. Mabel Dearbome f, q g,j, 

76, iij. Wardwell Dearbome | " " ■'' 

iv. Laura Spencer, b. July 30, 1871. 
V. Frank Melville, b. Apr. 3, 1873 ; dead, 
vi. Horace David, b. Oct. 12, 1875 5 dead. 

57. William Watson Niles^ Cox (Jamess, Unite-*, Unite', 
William^ John'), was the son of Jamess, and Sarah Dexter 
(Sargent) Cox and was born June 16, 1828. He married Sept. 
lo, 1857, Mary Jane, daughter of Jonathan and Hannah Peirce 
of Augusta, Maine. He died May 15, 1874* in Peabody, Mass. 

58. John Andrews^ Cox, (Johns, United Unite', William% 
John'), son of Johns and Lydia (Andrews) Cox, was born Apr. 
13, 1819. He married Susan Rebecca Steele, of Medford, Mass., 
and had four children : 

i. Susan Rebecca, b. Oct. 3, 1841 ; d. 1843. 

77, ii. James Prentis, b. Aug. 5, 1845. 
iii. John, b. Nov. 23, 1846, 

78, iv. Reuben, b. July 23, 1848. 

59. Charles Cole^ Cox, (Johns, United, Unite', William^ 
John'), second son of Johns and Lydia (Andrews) Cox was born 
in Maiden, Mass., Dec. 26, 1820. He married, Oct. 22, 1843, 
Lucy Faulkner, and had four sons : 

7 J. i. Charles Frederic, b. Apr. 25, 1845, 

80. ii. George Everett, b. Aug. 16, 1846. 

81. iii. Alfred Elmer, b. Aug. 31, 1848. 

82. iv. Eugene Herbert, b. June 12, 1853. 

60. Levi^ Cox, (Johns, United, Unite', William*, John'), son 
of Johns and Lydia (Andrews) Cox was born Apr. 24, 1824. He 
married Mary Ann Galeucia. He served in the war of the 
Rebellion, in Co. K, 17th. Mass. Vols., three years. He died 

* Middlesex Probate, 2438. 

Cox Genealogy. 93 

while on a furlough at his home in Maiden, leaving a widow 
and six children, all minors. Charles Col. Cox his brother, is 
administrator and guardian of the children ; Lucy Cox and 
George E. Cox appear as witnesses ; Asa S. Cox a brother 
residing in Milford, and Lydia C. Mills of Boston are named as 
being all the persons interested in the estate.* 
The children of Levi^ Cox were : 

i. Edgar M., b. Mar. 30, 1850. 

ii. Ella S.,b. Jan. 3, 1852. 
iii, Mary A., b. Apr. 27, 1853 ; m. Henry Day. 
iv. Charlianna Flora, b. July 21, 1854 ; living in Sanford, Me. 

V. John Charles Fremont, b. Apr, 19, 1856 ; m. Hattie M. Morse, 

Newport, Me. 
vi. Ida Maria, b. Nov. 19, 1857 ; m. Edwin Nutter of Maiden. 

61. Lucian D.^ Cox, (Georges, George*, Benjamin^, Eben- 
ezer*, Thomas'), son of George^ and Louisa (Page) Cox, was 
born Aug. 5, 1835. He married, Feb. 18, 1863, Emily H. 
daughter of Rev. Ira and Mary Beard of Pittsfield, Vt. Lucian 
D.^ was a dentist, lived in Ludlow, Vt. and later in Northfield. 
He died at the age of 39, July 9, 1874. He had one son : 

Frank L., b. Apr. 25, 1867. 

62. Charles Augustus^ Cox, (Daniels, George*, Ebenezer^, 

Ebenezer', Thomas'), was the son of Rev. Daniels and Mary 

(Marston) Cox, born in Damariscotta, Me., Feb. 10, 1839, ^• 

Dec. 21, 1885, aged 46. He married, Aug. 31, 1876, Hattie E. 

Barrows of Brattleboro, Vt. He was at one time interested in 

the Lamson Cash System and accumulated a small fortune in 

a single year. He died of pneumonia, after a brief illness. 

i. Sybil, 
ii. Mary, 
iii. Barrows. 

63. Daniel Wesley^ Cox, (Daniels, George*, Benjamin^, 

Ebenezer', Thomas '), was the son of Rev. Daniels and Mary 

(Marston) Cox, born Apr. 8, 1842. He married July 30, 1865, 

Hattie Emeline Osgood and had two children. He died Jan 

15, 1872. 

i. Ella Marston, b. Feb. 16, 1869. 
ii. Florence I., b. Oct. 17, 1870 ; d. Aug. 22, 1878. 

64. Wilber Franklin^ Cox, (Daniels, George*, Benjamins, 
Ebenezer^, Thomas'), was the youngest son of Rev. Daniel and 

'^Middlesex Probate, 22429, 22445. 

94 Cox Ge?iealogy. 

Mary (Marston) Cox born Mar. i, 1844, married Feb. 21, 1863, 
Mary N. Harding, by whom he had five children. 

65. Daniel S.^ Cox, (Solomons, George^, Benjamin^, Eben- 

ezer^, Thomas'), was the eldest son of Solomons and Hannah 

(Bugbee) Cox, b. Dec. 21, 1845. He married April 2, 1874, 

Ellen L., daughter of Rev. Erastus and Lucretia Pettingill 

They have two children : 

i. Mary Ellen, b. Apr. 16, 1875. 
ii. Ernest E., b. Sept. 27, 1877. 

66. Melvin M.^ Cox, (Solomons, George-*, Benjamins, Eben- 
ezer% Thomas'), youngest son of Solomons and Hannah (Bug- 
bee) Cox, was born Feb. 21, 1855. He married first, Aug. 
20, 1878, Effie E. daughter of David F. and Esther Dyke. Mrs. 
Cox died Mar. 26, 1883. Melvin^ married second, Mary E., 
daughter of Augustus L. and Emily Chandler. There was one 
child in each family. 

i. Glover David, b. Apr. 9, 1880. 
ii. Nina Mary, b. Jan. 6, 1890. 

67. Lyman^ Cox, (Benjamins, Benjamin*, Benjamin^, Eben- 
ezer^, Thomas'), son of Benjamins and Mary (Bowman) Cox, 
was born Apr. 2, 1826. He married June 22, 1853, his cousin, 
Esther Harteroe, daughter of Aurins Cox, and resided in Sara- 
toga, Minn. They had four children : 

i. Francis M., b. Mar. 19, 1854. 

ii. Benjamin C., b. Aug. 15, 1861. 

iii. Mary E., b. Mar. 13, 1871. 

iv. Julia E., b. Apr. 11, 1873. 

68. Alfred Smith^ Cox, (Aliens, Benjamin*, Benjamin^, Eben- 
ezer*, Thomas'), son of Aliens and Catherine (Smith) Cox, born 
Jan. 5, 1829 ; was killed in a runaway accident, near Brattleboro 
depot, Apr. 22, 1890. Mr. Cox married first, Sarah C, daugh- 
ter of Harrison and Philena (Bigelow) Topliff. Mrs. Cox, "a 
phenomenal artistic genius," died July 26, 1863, aged 41. 
Alfred Smith^ Cox married second, Feb. 13, 1867, Lucy Ann, 
daughter of Royal Wood of Brattleboro, Vt. There were no 
children of either marriage. 

Alfred Smith^ Cox was an expert mathematician and an 
excellent general scholar. In early life he was a popular 
teacher, begining his first school in " a log school house in 
Turkey Hollow," at ^8 per month and *' boarding round." 

Cox Genealogy. 55 

Later in life he turned his hand to organ, piano and carriage 
building, every part of which he wrought with a master's hand. 
He was a staunch temperance advocate, exact and systematic in 
his method and exemplary in his habits. 

69. Allen Vail^ Cox, (Aliens, Benjamin^, Benjamins, Eben- 
ezer^, Thomas'), son of Aliens and Catherine (Smith) Cox, was 
born Oct. 2, 1837. He married Emogene M. , daughter of Benja- 
min and Mercy Rachel Clapp, Nov. 5, i860. There were two 
children : 

i. Katie, b. Jan. 30, 1862 ; d. Mar. 30, 1864. 
ii. Mertie, b. Mar. 28, 1867. 

70. Gardener^ Cox,* (Aliens, Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Eben- 
ezer^, Thomas'), is a physician of Holyoke, Mass., son of Aliens 
and Catherine (Smith) Cox, born in Barnard, Vt. May 28, 1843 ; 
was educated at the University of Michigan, and married Mar. 
15, 1871, Emma, daughter of Nathan and Lucinda (Butterfield) 
Howard, born Aug. 25, 1844. A family of four sons and one 
daughter has graced their happy home, Allen H. the eldest is 
an architect ; studied in the M. I. T., Boston, in Rome and in 
the Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris. Fannie M. is a graduate of 
Smith College, and Frank G- is a graduate of the M. I. T., 

i. Allen H., b. Mar. 14, 1873. 
ii. Alfred B., b. Jan. 9, 1876; d. Mar. 27, 1876. 
iii. Fannie Maria, b. Jan. 15, 1877 ; m. Sept. i, 1903, Raymond P. Tarr of 

Pottstown, Pa. 
iv. Frank G., b. Feb. 9, 1880. 
V. Stanley C, b. July 2, 1883 

71. Henry Gardner^ Cox, (Aurins, Benjamin*, Benjamins 
Ebenezer^ Thomas'), son of Aurins, and Harterowe (Cham- 
berlain) Cox, was born Sept. 27, 1829. He married first, Dec. 
25, 1854' Christina, daughter of Henry and Christina (Tenny), 
Stevens, of Parishville, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y. She was born 
Mar. 30, 1836, and died Oct. 30, 1881. Mr. Cox married second, 
Mrs. Ellen Reed daughter of Alexander and Jane Hall. 
Children : 

*New England Cox families and the writer in particular, owe very much to 
Dr. Cox, for his patient and ethusiastic research into the history and genealogy of 
the race, and his copious notes on his own line, which should be printed for 
future reference. 

96 Cox Genealogy. 

i. Henry Stevens, b. Dec. 25, 1866; m. June 7, 1894, Mary, daughter of 
P. H. Williams of St Charles. 

i": ^IZZl }b.J„„,8.,S84. 

72. Aurin Elisha^ Cox (Aurin^, Benjamln4, Benjamins, Eben- 
ezer^, Thomas'), was the son of Aurins, and Harterowe (Cham- 
berlain) Cox, born Apr. 21, 1837. He married, Jan. i, 1867, 
Eiien N. daughter of Freeman and Clarinda Saunders. Two 
children : 

i. Eugene Leforest, b. Aug. 14, 1867 ! d. June 26, 1875. 
ii. Frances Gilson, b. Sept. 20, 1S81 ; resides Seattle, Washington. 

73. John7 Cox, (John Harris^, Johns, Josiah^, John^, John^, 

John'), the son of John Harris^ and Julia Leavitt (Allen) Cox, 

was born in Portland, Me., Aug. 14, 1854. He married, Nov. 

16, 1881, Clara M. Smellage. John? Cox has for many years 

carried on the business of a tobacconist at 23 Monument Square, 

Portland, Me. He has three children : 

i. John Harris, b. Aug. 27, 1887. 
ii. Mildred C, b. July 23, 1888. 
iii. Frederick Walter, b. .Sept. 23, 1890. 

74. Albert Thompson7Cox, (Samuel Albert^ Samuels, United, 
Unite3, William^ John'), son of Samuel Albert^ and Harriet 
(Hall) Cox was born in Maiden, Mass., Mar. 3, 1837, ^^^ "^^^ a 
resident of Oakland, California in 1886. 

75. Edwin Augustus? Cox, (James Warren^, Samuels, Unites, 
Unite3, William-, John'), was the son of Joseph Warren'^ and 
Harriet S. (Hoar) Cox born Sept. 6, 1848. He married Oct. 15, 
1873, Lizzie Lounette Chamberlain. They have one child, 
Edwin Augustus?, who is (1903) a teacher of music in Littleton, 

i. George Warren, b. June 6, 1875, '^'^ Barnard, Vt 

76. Austin Henry? (Henry Jackson^, Unites, Unite-*, United, 

William^, John'), son of Henry Jackson^ and Rosa A. (Crocker) 

Cox married Nov. 28, 1895, Mary Lucinda Burt. They have 

three children : 

i. Lillian, 
ii. Ethel, 
iii. Henry Jarvis. 

77. Wardwell Dearborne? Cox, (Lemuel Melville^ Lemuels, 
Unite*, Unites, William^, John'), was the son of Lemuel Mel- 
ville^ and Sarah H. (Smith) Cox, born in Maiden, Oct. 5, 1868. 

Cox Genealogy. qy 

He was twin of Mabel Dearborne Cox. He married Bertha 

Gould and has two children : 

i. Ralph Melville, b. 1891. 
ii. Marion, b. 1894. 

78. James Prentis7 Cox, (John Andrews^, Johns, Unitet, 

Unite3, William^ John'), son of John Andrews^ and Susan 

Rebecca (Steele) Cox, had three children : 

i. Sarah E., b. Sept. 26, 1826. 
ii. Eva M., b, Sept. 4, 1868. 
iii. Dolly E., b. Apr. 6, 1875. 

79. Reubin7 Cox, (John Andrews^, Johns, United, United, 

William^, John'), the youngest son of John Andrews^ and Susan 

Rebecca (Steele) Cox, born July 23, 1848, had three children : 

i. Susan R. E., b. Sept. 14, 1880. 
ii. Annie E., b. Oct, 18, 1881. . 
iii. Jennie, b. Nov. 25, 1882. 

80. Charles Frederic? Cox, (Charles Cole^, Johns, United, 

Unite3, William^ John'), the eldest son of Charles Cole^, and 

Lucy (Faulkner) Cox was born in Maiden, Mass., Apr. 25, 

1845. He married Susan M, daughter of Isaac and Olive P. 

Watts of Maiden. There children are : 

i. Frederic Charles, b. Sept. 4, 1873 ; m. Anna F. Chipman of Salem, 

ii. Arthur Watson, b. Aug. 29, 1881. 

81. George E.7 Cox, (Charles Cole^ Johns, Unite*, Unites, 
William*, John'), the son of Charles Cole^ and Lucy (Faulkner) 
Cox was born in Maiden, Mass., Aug. 16, 1846. He married 
July 7, 1878, Jennie Lehman of Chicago, 111. No children. 
He died Feb. 24, 1900, at which time the following obituary 
notice appeared in a Boston paper : 

" Mr. George E. Cox, 50 years old, who resided at the Hotel 
Bellevue, and who died suddenly in a Boston theatre yesterday, 
presumably from heart disease, was a member of the George P. 
Gore Company, shoe merchants, of Chicago. He was the 
eastern purchasing agent of the firm, having an office at 136 
Lincoln street. 

" He was born in Maiden, where he formerly resided, and was 
well known in that city, where he has a brother, Alfred E. Cox. 
He arrived in Boston from the West on the 17th. inst. and with 
his wife went to the Bellevue, where he had made his home 
when in Boston." 

9 8 Cox Gefiealogy. 

82. Alfred Elmer7 Cox, (Charles Cole^ Johns, Unite*, United, 
William^, John'), the third son of Charles Cole^ and Lucy 

(Faulkner) Cox, was born in Maiden, Mass., Aug. 31, 1848. 
He married Nov. 23, 1869, Annie Adelaide, daughter of Joseph 
Hosmer and Georgina (McLeod) Bell of Maiden. As a business 
man Mr. Cox takes high rank and in the political arena his voice 
has no uncertain sound. He is (1903), President of the N. E. 
Association of Cox Families, and a noble family of eleven chil- 
dren has blessed his home. 

i, Mabel Annie, b. Oct. 12, 1870; m. Stephen B. Boyd. 

ii. Agnes Evelyn, b. Dec. 17, 1871 ; d, Aug. 10, 1872. 

iii. Alice Beulah, b. June 25, 1873 ; m. George A. Ricker. 

iv. Marion Georgina, b. Feb. 15, 1876 ; m. Arthur W, Wright. 

V. Jessie Lawrence, b. June 28, 1877 ; d. Apr. i, 1899. 

vi. Charles Cole, b. Apr. 10, 1880. 

vii, Philip Wescott Lawrence, b. July 25, -883. 

viii. Annie Bell, b. Sept. 29, 1885. 

ix. Alfred Elmer, b. Apr. 5, 1887. 

X. Abbott Robinson, b. Apr. 29, 1888. 

xi. Dora Adelaide, b. Nov, 6, 1889. 

83. Eugene Herbert? Cox, (Charles Cole^ Johns, Unite*, 

Unite 3, William^ John'), the youngest son of Charles Cole^ 

and Lucy (Faulkner) Cox, was born in Maiden, Mass., June 12 

1852. He married Mary Cleveland, daughter of Manson L. and 

Zipporah A. Mills of Everett. His children are : 

i. Herbert Cleveland, b. July 2, 1875 5 d. Aug. 29, 1883. 

ii. Charles Manson, b. Feb. 11, 1879. 

iii. Mary Mills, b. 1884. 

iv Beulah Faulkner, b. May 20, 1887 > ^- ^^'^- I7» 1895. 

V. Lucy Faulkner, b. Feb. 4, 1889. 

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Alfred Klmer Cox 

(Charles Cole^ Jolin-% Unite% Uuite^ William% Julin" ) 

/^resident .V. E. Association of Cox Faintlies 1902-1903 

[See page 98.] 

1903. No. 13. 

New England 






Rev. John H. Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 



By Mrs. Ella G. S, Pease, Boston, Mass. 
" Toby Cox oweth mee ether 23 shill or 25." This, from the 
will* of Alexander Winchester of Rehoboth, dated 4, 4.^^ mo. 
1647, proved June 8, 1648, is the first mention of the name in 
Plymouth Colony. Nothing is known of him. 

William Cox was in Scituate in July, i676,f at which time a 
daughter was born to him. His wife was Mary, the daughter of 
Edward Jenkins. She had, on Mar. i, 1674-5, been granted a 
divorce J from Marmaduke Atkinson, who had "absented him- 
selfe from her the full tearme of seauen yeares and more," and 
whom Deane says she married in 1670. § 

In 1678 Edward Jenkins deeds|| to William and Mary Cox a 

* Plymouth Colony Wills, Vol. i, p. 156. State House Copy. 

XScituate Records, Vol. IV, Part 3, p. 78. 

J" Wherfore altho the Court sees noe cause to graunt a diuorce yett they doe 
apprehend her to be noe longer bound but doe leaue her to her libertie to marry if 
she please," — Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. V, p. 159 (lio). 

Pilgrim Republic. Goodwin, p. 597. 

^History of Scituate, Samuel Deane, p. 295. 

llThis Deed Pole made the twentyeth day of December in the yeer of our 
Lord God one thousand six hundred seauenty and seauen ; witnesseth that I Ed- 
ward Jenkins of Scittuate in the Jurisdiction of New Plymouth in New England in 
America, husbandman for diuers good causes and considerations mee thervnto 
moueing and especially for the fatherly affection and Good will ; which I haue and 
doe beare vnto my son in law William Cocke and my Daughter Mary his wife haue 
Giuen Graunted alliened enfoefed and confeirmed and by these prsents doe freely 
fully and absolutely Giue Graunt allien enfoeffe and confeirme from me the said 
Edward Jenkens and my heirs vnto them the said William Cocke and Mary his 
wife and the her body Lawfully begotten foreuer all that my said ten acres of vpland 
sett lying and being in Scittuate aforsaid and Neare Rawlins his Marsh swamp, 
haueing the Lott of John hoUett towards the and the lott of Isacke Chettenden 
towards the west and the lott of John Ensigne Towards the North and the towne 

comons towards the South ; yett Notwithstanding hath and by these prsents 

doth Reserue vnto himselfe during his life for his owne vse, if hee shall haue 
Nessesitie therof for a libertie for some Timber or fierwood from the same Land; 
And it is further agreed and concluded by the prtyes to these prsents That if in case 
William Cocke or Mary his wife or the Last Surviuer of them shall depart this life 
and leaue noe Issue of the body of the said Mary Lawfully begotten Surviueing to 
take benifitt of this Deed of Gift, and the said prmises heerin contained doe Reuert 
vnto the doner or his heire, Then the said Edward Jenkens doth by these prsents 
bind himselfe his heires executors or adminnestrators of the Last Surviuer of the said 
William Cocke or Mary his wife, what two Indifferent Men shall Judge the building 
erected on the said land by the said Cocke or Mary his wife shal bethen worth ; 
and this payment to be made within some Reasonable time. - - - 

Memorandum It is Intended, and it is the true meaning of these prsents 
that William Cocke is to build a dwelling house vpon the land aboue mensioned or 
else to take Noe benifitt by this deed of Gift. 

Edward Jenkins (Seal) 
Witnesses, John Turner and James Cudworth 
Plymouth Colony Deeds, Vol. IV, p. 163 (194). 

I oo Cox Genealogy. 

lot of land in Scituate, and this lot is remeasured and laid out 
to William Cox, Oct. 19, 1695.* 

In the willf of Edward Jenkins dated Mar. 2, 1699, proved 
Aug. 9, 1699, he mentions his daughter Mar)^ Cox and her 
daughter Ruth. The only known children, then, of William 
and Mary Cox are, 

Mary, b. Scituate, July, 1676; d. Scituate, June, 1703, [8 ?] ; m. Scituate, 
Mar. 6, 1694-5, Thomas Curtis, s. of Richard and Lydia (HoUet) Curtis, b. Scit- 
uate, Mar. 18, 1659; d. Scituate, Jan. 3, 1738. He m. 2nd, Scituate, Sept. i , 
1711, Mary Gilford. J 

Ruth. unm. in 1699. 

Deane has mixed these matters badly. He says, Mary Jen- 
kins "afterward married Robert Cooke"; he also says, 
"Thomas Curtis married Mary, sister of Robert Cooke and 
daughter of William Cooke."§ 

William Cox married 2nd,|| Scituate, Aug. 30, 1705, Sarah 
Curtis, daughter of William Curtis, b, Scituate, Aug. 1679, who 
out-lived him. 

Mar. 3, 1692-3, William Cox of Scituate, "seaman," deeds 
to Joseph Joanes Jr. of Hingham, "cooper" land^ in Hingham, 

♦William Cocks lot of ten acres in the right of Edward Jenkins Remeasured 
and laid out the 19 : of October 1695 • The bounds of which are as foUoweth. 
Begining at a Stake Standing in the range of Hollets lot and runing west and by 
north : 20 : rods with the line of John Curtis : And then South and by west : 16 : 
rods to a Stake and stons And from thence runing west and by north : 26 : rods 
to a Stake and Stons : And then runing north and by East : 42 : rods : 4-5 : to a 
Stake and Stons & Then runing East and by South : 46 : rods two the line of 
hollets lot Laid out by me Thomas Turner. If the abouesd ten acres of 
land be just measure and noe more the bounds thereof are alowed by the men 
Chosen to approue the bounds of lands that are brought to record, viz : — Capt : 
Israeli Chittenden : Mr nathanell Tilden : and Steuen Vinall : Recorded accord- 
ing to order p me Steuen Vinall : Clearke : 

Conebassett Proprietors'" Records, p. 1 77. 

t" Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Cock forty shillings 
for and during her naturall life And after her decease to her daughter Ruth Cock." 

Plymouth Co. Probate, Vol. I, p. 31 1. 

XScituate Records, Vol. IV, Part 2, pp. 9, 10 ; Part 3, pp. 40, 78 ; Part 4, pp. 
238, 242. 

Mayjioiver Descendant, pp. 86, I70. 

^History of Scituate, Deane, pp. 295, 252. 

WScituate Records, Vol. IV, Part 2, p. 1 7. 

^" All his right of the Third Division of Conehassett upland it being a Lott 
of Shares both parts of it and said Lott is in number the sixty seventh Lott and is 
bounded with the Lott of Timothy Hewet on one side with the woods Trees, 
Rocks, Lying Standing Growing or being thereupon * * * containing Five Shares and 
is in Number the Sixty seventh Lott which Lott was formerly Paul Gilford of Hingham 
but now is my for the use and bringing up of his son WiUiam Gilford as may appear 
under the hand and Seal of Paul Gilford unto a Instrumt bearing date Fifth of 
July Anno Domi. 1690." 3 Mar. 1692-3. and : — "All that his right of the undi- 
vided common Lands in Hingham it being Five shares of common which was 
formerly Paul Gilford of Hingham but now is my for the use & bringing up " &c. 
Same date. Suffolk Co. Deeds, Vol. XXI, pp. 336, 338. 

Cox Genealogy. loi 

given him by Paul Gilford for bringing up his son William. 

In 1 701, there is recorded for William Cocke " one Red mare 
of one year old with a Starr iij her forehead " ** to run on the 
comons."* The previous year Robert Cocke had " one little 
mare a brown bay." 

Robert Cocke had been a resident of Scituate about three 
years, as the following entry in the record book of Town meet- 
ings shows.f 

Scittuate the 20th of September 1697 

- - " And also that upon the 17*^ day of this Instant Sep- 
tember Robert Cocks (Haveing Resided in sayd Sittuate about 
two Months) was warned forthwith to depart sayd Town 
Nathanell Tilden 
Select-man " 

No evidence of relationship between William and Robert has 
been found. 

In 1702 the town voted| " to William Cock for ceeping 
Thomas Howit Jr last yeare •• i •• o •• o." 

June 2, 1707, he§ William Cock deeds to Samuel Turner of 
Scituate " my Tenn Acre Lott of upland Granted me by The 
Town of Scituate att a Town Meeting in sd. Scituate March ye 
19'h 1707 being The Eight Lott Lying & being In Scituate 
aforesd between The paten line & ye Westerly side of a Ceder 
Swamp comonly called tanton Dean." 

His wiliy was proved May i, 1712. His only descendants, so 
far as known, are those of his daughter Mary who married 
Thomas Curtis. 

* Scituate Records, Vol. V, p. 1 69, 
^Scituate Records, Vol. VI, p. 132. 
XScituate Records, Vol. VII, p. not numbered. 
^Plymouth Co. Deeds, Vol. IX, p. 148. 

(From the Original.) 
II In he name of god Amen The Last will and estament of [torn] Cok of 
scituate in the county of plymouth in newengland first I Recomend my soule 
Unto Jesus Christ my Redemer and my body to A Christian buriall And for the 
Estate god hath blesed me with I do give & Despoes of the same in maner & 
for [torn] foloing 

Itim I give & bequeth unto my granddafter deborah Curtis one puter plator 
Itim I give & bequeth unt my grandafter Mary Curtis one puter plator a 
[torn] one hearthen plator 

Signed sealed pronounced and De- 
clared In the sight and presents of us 



1 02 Cox Genealogy. 

Itim I give and bequeth unto Sarah my well beloued wife all the Rest [torn] 
My Estate boath Reall and personall And I do constatute & appointe my sd 
wife my sole executriks of th [tornj My Last will and testamente and I do 
hearby Reuoake and disau [torn] All other and former will & wills by me made 
and this is only to be taken for My Last will and testament In witness hear of 
I have hear un [torn] set my hand and seall this twentiseuenth Day of march In 
the — Eleuenth year of her Majs Reign anoque domoni: 1712 — 

William Cok his X mark 
Memorand That Thomas Clarke & 
Ebenezer Motte two of the Witnesses 
to this Will made oath That they 
saw the abovesd William Cock [torn] 
Signe Seale & Declare the aboue 
written [torn] be his last Will & 
Testament & that Willi [torn] Curtis 
did then signe with them as a [torn] 
to the same before me Nathaniel Tho 
[torn] May the first 17 12 

Judge of Prob [torn] 
Plymouth Co. Probate, Vol. Ill, p. 150. 
An Inventory of all and singeller the goods land and chatels of William 
Cocke late of sitate desed tacken by us whouse names are undar written this 
18 day of aprell 17 12 

Item in aparell 03-00-0 

Item in boocke and mony 05-00-0 

Item in beds and f urnerter 04.00-0 

Item in iron and barse oi-io-o 

Item in pouter and Earth ware oi-oo-o 

Item in a Chas and lining and mouling yarin and flack oi-oo-o 

Item in a mortar and barell and othere things oi-oo-o 

Item in porke and other prouison oi-oo-o 

Item in swine oi-oo-o 

Item in houseing and lands 50-00-0 

Sarah Cock Relict Widdow of Samuell Clap 

the abouesd william Cock made Samuell Stodder 

oath the first day of May 1712 that 

the abouewritten is a true Inventory of her said late Husband so far as she 
Knows & when she Knows of more will Cause it to be added before Nathaniel 
Thomas Judge of Probate. 

thar is lickwais sum Estat which the wido Sary Cocke saith that it is hares which 
Shee did rezere to here self before maridg to sd Cock which goods that are left 
are as foloeth 

Item in a fether bed and furnetur oi-oo-o 

Item in iron pots and bras and puter 02-06-0 

Item in a charn and a toub and traise and other things oo-io-o 

Plymouth Co. Probate, Vol. Ill, p. 1 53. 

Cox Genealogy. 103 

The following items from Scituate town and church records 
perhaps refer to a colored servant of Sarah (Curtis) Cox and 
her descendants. 

Patience daughter of Sarah Curtis alias Cock baptized in adult years 13 - i - 


First Church Record. 
James Lamb and Patience Cock married 28 - 10 - 1720. 

First Church Record. Town Record. " Dec. 28." 
Sarah Lamb, daughter of James Lamb baptized 15 - 5 - 1722. 

Ezekiel and James Lamb, children of James Lamb and Patience (a 
mulatto) his wife, baptized 18 June 1727. 

Second Church Record. 
Patience Lamb wife of James Lamb (Indus.) admitted to the Second 
Church, 3 Nov. 1734. 


Richard Cox is mentioned in the will* of John Williams of 
Scituate, dated Oct. 15, 1691; — " the Bed and furniture where- 
on Richard Cox usually Lodgeth," and again, " to Richard 
Cox ^5." 

John Logan and Margaret Cox were married at Marshfieldf, 
Jan. 7, 1723-4. 

William' Cox of Pembroke was born in 1703 (g. s.); where, or 
of what parents, is not known. On Mch. 16, 1725-6, he bought 
his first land in Pembroke, being called "of Abington,"J and 
Feb. 10, 1727-8, he bought seven acres more, across the road 
from the former purchase, and is called " of Hanover. "§ In the 
interval between these purchases, he had married at Scituate, 
Feb. 16, 1726-7, Mary Ramsden, " both of Scituate. "|| During 
the rest of his life, and at his death, he is "of Pembroke." 

He settled upon the land which he first bought, and which, 
although in Pembroke, was very near to both Hanover and 
Abington, the Pembroke meeting-house and center of life being 
at a much greater distance. This portion of Pembroke became 
in 1746 "the west parish," and in 1820, the town of Hanson. 

*Plymouth Co. Probate, Vol. I, p. 200. 
General Ad-verther, Vol. IV, p. 25 . 
^Marshfield Records, Vol. I, p. I47. 
\Plymouth Co. Deeds, Lib. xxvi., p. 213. 
^Plymouth Co. Deeds, Lib. xxvi., p. 214. 
^Scituate Records, Vol. iv., part 2, p. 28. 

I04 Cox Genealogy. 

Mary Ramsden, or Ramsdell, the wife of William Cox of 
Pembroke, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Ramsdell*, was born 
May 9, 1706, the record being upon the first book of Pembroke 
records,! although, at that time, the town of Pembroke had not 
been formed. 

The birth of Mary, the first child of William and Mary Cox, 
is recorded at Hanover, | where she was baptized by Rev, Na- 
thaniel Eells of the Second Church of Scituate,§ her father 
having been baptized by him at Hanover, Oct. 8, 1727,11 and 
her mother at Scituate, May 15, 17 15. 1 Neither the birth nor 
the baptism of Sarah is recorded, but she is mentioned next in 
her father's will. The births of Rachel, Ruth and Lydia are 
upon the Pembroke records,** and Lydia's baptism on the 
record bookff of the First Church of Pembroke, where her father 
and mother were admitted to membership, July 4, 1731. There 
is no record of birth or baptism of William and Seth, probably 
the next younger children. William takes precedence in his 
father's will. The baptism of Isaac, probably the youngest 
child, is found upon the record book of the Second Church of 
Pembroke, IJ where his mother was admitted to membership, 
Aug. 31, 1748, and he is not heard of again. 

The children, then, of William and Mary (Ramsdell) Cox, 
are, — 

i. MaryS b. Hanover, Dec. 24, 1727; bapt. Hanover, Mch. 31, 1728; d. 
Pembroke, Feb. 12, 1787, in her 6ist year (g. s.); m. — 1747, (int. Abington, 
Feb. 27,)§§ Alexander Soper, son of Alexander and Mary (Harden) Soper; b. — 
1724; d. Pembroke, Apr. 6, 1801, in his 78th year (g. s.); both buried at Hanson; 
6 children, all b, Pembroke. 

♦There is on record a statement by the granddaughter of this couple to the 
effect that the mother of Thomas Ramsdell was an Avery, of Salem, and related to 
Rev. Mr. Avery of Spencer ; and that Sarah, his wife, was born Scituate, Feb. 
1682, her maiden name being Alverson. Could she have been a daughter or 
grand- daughter of Nicholas Albeson, " the Sweede," who is said to have baptized 
his own children ? (See Deane's Hist, of Scituate, p. 211). An Alverson Rams- 
dell was born in Pembroke, Feb. 8, 1742. 

fCen. Ad-v. Vol. I., p. 59. 

XHano-ver Records, (printed), p. 6, 

^Records of the Second Church of Scituate, 2nd book, not paged. 


•jfSame, p. i6. 

**Pembroke Records, 171I-1735, p. II9, and 1735-179I, p. 402. 

ttA fragment of the first record book of this church, in the handwriting of 
Rev. Daniel Lewis, is preserved. Not paged. 

XXGen. Reg., Vol. L., p. 287. 

\^Abington Records, Vol. I., p. 260. He m. (2) Pembroke, Oct. 17, 1790, 
Deborah Oldham, born Deborah Bowker, widow of Isaac Oldham; she outlived him, 
and m. (3) Nathaniel Stetson, Feb. 18, 1810, 

Cox Genealogy, loc 

ii. Sarah^b. — ; living in 1771; d. before 1791; m. Pembroke, Feb. 5, 
1 747-8, by Rev. Daniel Lewis, John Record of Bridgewater* (bapt. Bridgewater, 
May 2, 1725, son of Thomas and Mercy ?),3 children, bapt. Pembroke 2nd church. 

iii. RacheP, b. Pembroke, May 26, 1732; living in 1771; d. before 1791; 
m. Pembroke, Nov. 15, 1752, by Rev. Gad Hitchcock, Ephraim Hodges of Nor- 
ton,! b. ; d. before Feb. 1769; son of Benjamin^, (Henry*, William'). 7 

children. (For descendants of her eldest daughter, Rachel, who m. Gideon Bar- 
ker, see Barker Gen., p. 22). 

The Hodges Family. Almon D. Hodges. 1853. p. 13. 

Bristol Co, Probate Rec. Vol. XXI., pp. 149, 403; Vol. XXIV., p. 180. 

iv. Ruth^ b. Pembroke, Apr. 18, 1734; living in 1792; m. Pembroke, May 

22, 1758, by Rev. Gad Hitchcock, John Delano of DuxburyJ, b. ; d. 1 77 1. 

4 children. 

v. Lydia," b. Pembroke, Feb. 7, 1735-6; bapt. Pembroke, Feb. 15, 1736; 
d. before 1771; m. Pembroke, June 3, 1756, by Rev. Gad Hitchcock, Timothy 
Hodges of Norton§; b. Norton, Oct. il, 1718; d. "about 1791 aged 72"; ||son 
of Maj. Joseph^, (Henry^ William') and Bethiah (Williams) Hodges. 6 children. 

1. vi. William,^ b. about 1740. 

2. vii. Seth,* b. 1745 (g. s.). 

viii. Isaac,'' bapt. Pembroke, May 9, 1749.! 

William* Cox of Pembroke made his will** in 1771, and added 
thereto a codicil in 1782. He died Aug. 10, 1784, "in ye 82"^ 
year of his Age " (g. s.). " The widow Mary Cocks" died " March 
ye 17th i7g8 aged 93 years " (g. s. ). 

* Pembroke Records, 1735, I79 , p. 382. 

^Pembroke Records, 1 735 -1 79 1, p. 384. " Hodge." 

XPembroke Records, 1735-1791, p. 390. 

Plymouth Co. Probate Pec. Vol. XX., p. 558. 

%Pembroke Records 1735-1791, p. 385. 

llThe Hodges Family. Almon D. Hodges, 1853, p. 25. 

Bristol Co. Probate Rec., XXXI., p. 209. 

\Gen. Reg., Vol. L., p. 177. 

(From the Original.) 

In the name of God Amen 

This sixth day of April one thousand seven Hundred and seuenty one I 
William Cocks of Pembroke in the County of Plymouth and Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay in New england yeoman, being of sound mind and memory 
(for which I thank God) calling to mind the mortality of my Body : do make 
and ordain this my last will and Testament,— First of all I recommend my soul 
into the hands of God who gaue it, and my Body I recommend to the earth, to be 
buried in a decent Christian manner, at the discretion of my Executor, firmly 
believing that I shall receive it again at the general Resurrection, by the mighty 
power of God 

And as touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me 
with in this Life : I give, demise and dispose of them, in the following manner. 

io6 Cox Genealogy. 

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my well beloued wife Mary, the use of 

two cows, wintered and summered, yearly — twelve Bushels of Indian Corn 
and four Bushels of Rye yearly — one hundred pound weight of Beaf yearly — 
apples out of my orchard sufficient for her private use, and one Barrel of Cyder 
yearly — the prevelege of raising one Hog with her own grain yearly — ten 
Bushels of Potatoes yearly — the use of a horse at all times as she shall have 
occasion — the prevelege of the whole of my dwelling House, to be improued by 
living in it herself or taking in what person or persons she pleases, togather with 
the prevelege of improving the whole of my household furniture or indoor move- 
ables during her natural Life — and wood sufficient for one fire delivered at the 
door cut fit for burning yearly — these and each of these articles and preveleges, 
I say, I giue & bequeath to Mary my wife yearly, and during her natural Life in 
the room of her thirds or right of Dower, and because I esteem them better for 


Item : I giue and bequeath to my well beloued son William his Heirs or 
assigns foreuer the whole of my home-lot or Lands lying on the western side of 
the country Road that passes by my house, togather with all the Buildings 
thereon reserving to my wife the preveleges granted to her — which Lands I 
bought of Deacon Ford of Pembroke deceased — also the whole of my 
meadow lying on Indian head Riuer, which I bought of Solomon Beals, and the 
one half of my Pew in the west meeting House in Pembroke, he, the sd 
William procuring and allowing to my wife the one half of the continued or 

yearly articles given to my wife 

Item. I giue and bequeath to my well beloued son Seth his Heirs or 
assigns foreuer the whole of my Home lot or Lands lying on the eastern side of 
the country Road that passes by my House, which lands I bought of John Dell- 
ingham, Richard Hill, and Alexander Soper, and the one half of my Pew in the 
west meeting House in Pembroke, also I give him all my Notes, Bonds, and 
book accompts, he the said Seth procuring and allowing to my wife the one half 
of the continued or yearly articles giuen to my wife, and defraying my funeral 

charges and paying all my Just and Lawful Debts 

I also hereby Constitute and appoint my son Seth my only Executor of 

this my last will and Testament 

Item. I giue & bequeath to my two sons William and Seth aboue men- 
tioned, the whole of my live stock of Cattle of every denomenation, and all my 
Husbandry tools and Instruments, and other out-door tools and Instruments, 
such as plows harrows rakes Hoes, Carts, Sledges, Chains, Saws, Shaves, Froes, 

&c &c to be equally divided between them and also my wearing 

deaths to be in like manner divided 

Item : I give to my well beloued daughters, whose Names are as follows — 
viz-: Mary, Sarah, Rachel and Ruth, and also to the Children of my daughter Lydia 
deceased the whole of my household furniture, or in-door moueables, after the 
decease of my wife, to be equally divided between them, only it is my will that 
the children of my daughter Lydia aforesd deceased, should all together haue but 
one share or the fifth part of the furniture, or indoor moueables aboue men- 

And lastly : I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke all and every other 
former Testament, will, Legacy, Bequest, Executor or Executors by me in any 
way before Named, willed and bequested Ratifying and Confirming this, and 

Cox Genealogy. 107 

no other to be my last will and testament — In witness whereof I have hereunto 

set my hand and seal the day and year aboue written 

Signed Sealed and declared 
by William Cocks to be his last 
will and testiment in the 

presence of us ^ 


This third day of nouember 1782 I William Cocks continuing in sound 
mind and memory, think proper to make and I do make the following addition 
to and alteration in my last will and Testament viz : in addition to what I have 
already willed and bequeathed to Mary my well beloued wife, I do will and 
bequeath unto her, the whole and every part and sum of the money which I 
shall leaue Collected in my dwelling House at the time of my decease, which 
money shall be of her own personal earnings as distinct from our Joint earnings, 
or from my personal earnings, and I do now again ratify and Confirm the aboue 
and every part of the aboue will and Testament which is not inconsistent with 
this present addition as being my last will and Testament In witness 

whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal 

this addition to the aboue 
will was made and declared 
in the presence of us — 

August 26th 1784 
Proved Aug. 26, 1784. 

Plymouth Co. Probate Pec, Vol. XXIX., p. 177. 

From the Original. 

In the Name of God Amen 

This tenth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety one ; I Mary 
Cocks of Pembroke in the County of Plymouth and Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts Spinster Widow of the late William Cocks of sd Pembroke deceased ; 
calling to mind the mortality of my Body, do now in Sound mind and memory, 
make and ordain this my last Will and testament — first I recommend my Soul 
into the hands of God, who gave it, and my Body to the earth, to be buried in a 
decent manner, at the discretion of my Executor, believing I shall receive it again 

at the general Resurrection, and touching such outward good things as 

it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of them in the following 

manner imprimis I give and bequeath to my son Seth, the whole of my 

right in the public Note, with the Interest thereof, which he has in his hands, 
and also the Note of hand of three pounds, with the Interest thereof which I 

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have against him item I give to my Grandson Elisha Record, son of my 

daughter Sarah deceased, the two Dollars which he borrowed of me, this being 
done and my just Debts paid and funeral charges defrayed, in which I include 
graves stones which I order my Executor to procure, it is then my will and I 
order that the whole of the Residue of my estate of every and whatever Kind 
and denomination should be divided into five equal parts ; whereof I give the 
one fifth part to my daughter Ruth, and the one fifth part I give to my Grand 
daughters equally, the children of rny daughter Mary deceased, viz. Mary, Betty, 
and Deborah, and the one fifth part I give to my Grand daughters equally, the 
children of my daughter Rachel deceased, viz; Rachel and Experience, and the 
one fifth part I give to my Grand daughters equally, the children of 
my Daughter Lydia deceased ; viz. Lydia, Sarah, Bethiah and Betty, 
and the one fifth part I give to my Grand daughters equally, the children of my 
daughter Ruth, viz. Ruth and Sarah — and it it is my Will that the two Dollars 
which Gideon Barker borrowed of me. Husband of my grand daughter Rachel 
should be reckoned, in making up her part of the fifth part of my estate given to 
her and her Sister equally, — it is also my will that what each Grand daughter 
shall receive of my estate in money should be laid out by them in pewter or brass 
for their own use, — it is furthermore my will that if the several Legatees do not 
agree in the division above specified, my executor shall make the division, in his 
best Judgment agreeable to the Intention of this will, and I hereby constitute 
and appoint Doct Gad Hitchcock Physician Sole Executor of this my last will 

and testament and finally I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke all and 

every other former testament, will, Legacy, bequest or Executor by me in any 
way before named ; ratifying and confirming this, and no other to be my last 
Will and testament — in witness whereof I do hereto set my hand and seal the 

day and year above written 

Signed Sealed and declared 

by Mary Cocks to be her 

last will and testament jj^^. 

in Presence of us — MARY X COCKS Seal 




This fourth day of September 1792, I Mary Cocks being still of sound 
mind and memory, do make the following alteration in my foregoing will, viz. 
the fifth part of my estate of every kind which I have given in my above will to 
my Grand daughters Ruth and Sarah, I hereby nullify and make void, and I 
now transfer and give it to my daughter Ruth, in addition to the other fifth part 
which I have already given to sd daughter Ruth, and this I do in consideration 
of sd Ruth's having promised, on the account of my doing it, to take care of 

me during my old age in witness whereof I hereto set my hand and 


this alteration of the above will was MARY X COCKS Seal 

signed sealed and declared in the mark 

presence of us. NATHl THOMAS 

SAGY HITCHCOCK Sworn May 7 th 98 

BETTY THOMAS Plymouth Co. Probate Rec. 

Vol. XXXVI., p. 354- 

1904. No. 14. 

New England 







Rev. John H. Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy. loq 

2. William^ Cox (William'), son of William' and Mary 
(Ramsdell) Cox, probably* born at Pembroke, Mass , about 
1740; died Harrison, Me., about Aug. i, 1817. He married 
first, Pembroke, Jan. 21, 1762, Mary^ Josselyn " Jr.," daughter 
of Abrahams (NathanieH, Henrys, Abraham^, Thomas'), and 
MaryS (Soule) Josselynf of Pembroke ; born Pembroke, Feb. 8, 
1742 ; died Chatham, N. H., June 19, 1816, " aged 73 " (g. s.).J 
He married second, Harrison, Me., June 17, 1817, Mary Lewis 
of Harrison, who married second, April 19, 1818, James Gray 
of Bridgton, Me., and third, May 6, 1852, Paul Whitcomb of 
Sweden, Me. At the time of her marriage to William Cox, she 
was about thirty-five years of age. 

With his brother Seth, he marched from the West parish of 
Pembroke to Scituate and Marshfield, under Capt. James Hatch, 
on the alarm of April 19, 1775. § 

He received from his father, Jan. 5, 1768, sixteen acres of 
land in Pembroke, with half a dwelling-house, and half the 
privilege of going to and returning from it ; the other half of 
the house, with the same quantity of land and privilege having 
been deeded to his brother Seth the previous day. || 

The number of deeds in his name recorded at Plymouth, show 
him to have been a man of affairs during his residence in Pem- 
broke. His father's homestead, left to him by will in 1784, he 
transferred the same year to JRichard Estes of Hanover, and 
Lewis Vose of Milton, reserving to his mother the use of the 
house during her life.^ At this time he was living in Chatham, 
N. H., to which place he removed with his family, between Dec. 
1780, when he deeded land to Isaac Buck of Scituate, at Pem- 
broke,** and Oct., 1783, when he, with his wife Mary, "now liv- 

*By the testimony of two of his granddaughters, his age at the time of his 
second marriage was " over eighty," which would place the date of his birth before 
1737. He died " six weeks after " this marriage. 

tMaryS (Soule) Josselyn (Isaac*, Moses^, John^ George'), was a descendant 
of John and Priscilla (Mullens) Alden, and of George Soule, all passengers on the 
first voyage of the "Mayflower"; and of Constant South worth, the treasurer of 
Plymouth Colony. 

JMary (Josselyn) Cox, and her daughter Mary (Cox) Robinson, were buried 
on the Robinson farm, and in 1900 were removed to the cemetery given to the town 
by her son Isaac. 

§Mass. Soldiers and Sailors, Vol. IV., p. 56. 

^Plymouth Co. Deeds, Vol. LIV., p. 266. 

^Plymouth Co. Deeds, Vol. LXIII., p. 142. 

**Plymouth Co. Deeds, Vol. LXXL, p. 8. 

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ing in the State of New Hampshire," deeded to Reuben Clark, 
their brother-in-law, land " set of to Abraham Josselyn and my 
wife Mary Cox out of their Father's Abraham Josselyn's Es- 

Together with his son- in-law, Capt. Increase Robinson, f he 
settled on what was known as Langdon's location, now Chat- 
ham, N. H., cutting the way from Fr3'eburg, Me. through the 
woods. He also owned a tract of three hundred acres in Stow, 
Me., on the State line between New Hampshire and Maine. 

On Aug. 15, 1797, William Cox and Mary his wife, gave to 
their son, William Jr., a power of attorney to receive and dis- 
pose of their shares " out of the Estate that was Late the Dower 
of Each of our Mothers " ;% and by this power of attorney, 
William Jr., sold to Nathan Sprague of Pembroke, his uncle, 
Nov. 20, 1797, " AH the Right belonging to my said father and 
mother William and Mary Cox it being one Eleventh part of 
all the thirds set of to the widow Mary Josselyne, Late of Berry, 
in the county of Worcester, DeC^. "§ 

The "History of Carroll Co., N. H.," does him an injustice 
which should be corrected here. It says : " To avoid military 
service, he sold his property and brought the proceeds, 2,000 
Spanish milled dollars, for investment here " (Chatham)||. He 
had already rendered military service, though not of long dura- 
tion, and did not go to New Hampshire until about the close of 
the war. It was William, and not Isaac Cox, who " built the 
first frame-house in 1781, and also the first mill," if either were 
built at that time.^ 

The first town meeting of Chatham was held at his house, 
March 4, 1799, and he was chosen moderator ; and they con- 
tinued to be held there for many years.** 

He was a man of large stature, much over six feet, as were 
both his sons ; and at the time of his second marriage, "his 

* Plymouth Co. Deeds, Vol. LXIN., p. 166. 

fThere is a tradition among his descendants that he was interested in the 
affair of the Gaspd. 

XPlymouth Co. Deeds, Vol. LXXXV., p. 26. 

^Plymouth Co. Deeds, Vol. LXXXV., p. 26. 

II History of Carroll Co., N. H., Merrill, 1889, p. 979. 

fSame, p. 981. 

**Chatham, N. H. Records. 

Cox Genealogy. 1 1 1 

complexion was pink and white, like a girl's, and he showed no 
sign of age." This is the testimony of his widow to her grand- 

At the time of this marriage, he gave his property at Chatham 
to his son Isaac, and bought, June 9, 181 7, a small farm* of 
sixty acres in Harrison, Me., on the banks of Long pond, where 
he died and is buried. This farm was sold by his son and 
executor, William3 Cox, of Norway, Me., May 10, i8ig, re- 
serving the widow's right of dower.f 


i. Mary3, b. Pembroke, May 13, 1763 ("Pollie"); bpt. 2nd church, June 1763; 
d. Chatham, N. H., Feb. 4, 1812, aged 48 years, 8 mos. and 22 days 
(g. s.); m. Pembroke, March 11, 1781 {" Policy "), Capt. Increase 
Robinson, son of Gain and Lydia ( ) Robinson, b. Abington, 

April 26, 1756; d. Standish, Me. Res. Chatham. 5 ch. 

4. ii. Isaac^, b. Pembroke, Sept. 20, 1765. 

iii. William^, bapt. Pembroke, 2nd church, Nov. 14, 1767. 
IV. Lydia^, b. Pembroke, Aug. 29, 1768; bapt. 2nd church, Nov. 5; d. be- 
fore 1786. 

5. v. William^, b. Pembroke, Sept. 7, 1774. 

vi. Nancy^ b. Pembroke, Feb. 17, 1779; bapt. 2nd church, April 14; d. 
Stow, Me., Sept. 20, 1821; m. Chatham, N. H., Oct. 11, 1798, John 
Walker Jr., b. April 27, 1773. Res. Stow. 9 ch. 
vii. Lydia^, b. Chatham, N. H., June 6, 1786; d.Lovell, Me., Feb. 17, 1826; 
m. Chatham, Dec. 17, 1801, Levi^ Stearns (John', John*, John^, John% 
Isaac'), b. Billerica, about 1765; d. Lovell, Nov. 8, 1857. He m. 
2nd, 1827, Mrs. Susan Eastman. Res. Lovell. 9 ch. 

3. Seth^ Cox (William'), son of William' and Mary (Rams- 
dell) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., 1745 ; died Pembroke, 
May 16, 1806, "aged 61 " (g. s.). He married, Pembroke, Dec. 
19, 1765, Elizabeth Josselyn, daughter of Abrahams and Mary 
(Soule) Josselyn, a younger sister of his brother's wife, born 
Pembroke, Dec. 21, 1746, who survived him. He responded to 
the Lexington alarm, and was in the engagement at Dorchester 
Heights. § 

*Cumberland Co. Deeds, Vol. LXXX., p. 229. 

"^ Cumberland Co. Deeds, Vol. LXXXIV., p. 548. 

XPembroke Keeords, 1735-1791. 

Abington Records. 

Pembroke Second Church Records. 

Chatham, N. H. Records. 

Stow, Me. Records. 

Lovell, Me. Records. 

Harrison, Me. Records. 

*Mass. Soldiers and Sailors, Vol. iv., p. 54. 

112 Cox Genealogy. 

He received from his father in 1768, sixteen acres of land and 
half a dwelling-house, as noted above, and was the executor of 
his father's will in 1784. He lived and died in the West parish 
of Pembroke, now Hanson. His will, dated Feb. 25, 1805, 
proved June 2, 1806, "yeoman," mentions his wife Elizabeth, 
his three sons, Seth, Ephraim, and Enos, and his daughter 
Elizabeth ; son Enos to be executor. The inventory included 
sixteen acres homestead, one-half a pew in the meeting-house, 
and " a large bible."* 

Children, all recorded at Pembroke, 

6. i. Seth3, b. July 30, 1766. 

7. ii. Ephraim', b. July 28, 1769. 

8. iv. Enos^ b. Aug. 29, 1771. 

V. Elizabeth Josselyn^ b. Aug. 10, 1774; bapt. 2nd church, Aug. 14; m. 
May 20, 1798, Samuel William^ Josselyn*, son of Thomas^ and Patience 
(Barker) Josselyn, b. Pembroke, April 3, 1772. 4 ch. 

4. Isaacs Cox (William^ William'), son of William^ and Mary 
(Josselyn) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., Sept. 20, 1765; baptized 
2"^ church, Sept. 22. He married Susannah Walker, who died 
at Chatham, N. H., Sept. 15, 1827, in the 59*^ year of her 
age (g. s.). 

The " History of Carroll Co., N. H.," says : " Isaac Cox and 
Susannah Walker were the first couple married in Chatham, "f 
but there is no record there of the marriage. It also says, 
"Isaac Cox was the second person to die in Chatham,"! but 
this is not true, as he was living when his wife died in 1827. 
He inherited the Chatham property from his father, and gave a 
quarter of an acre of it to the town for a cemetery, the deed 
being dated, Nov. 12, 1825. Here his wife and grandson are 
buried, but his grave, if there, is unmarked. Before this time, 
the burials had been on the Robinson farm. After his death, 
his property was many years in litigation, and finally passed 
out of the family altogether. 

" Mrs. Cox was a woman of energ)', endurance and education. 
She understood surveying and ran many of the lines. "§ 

*Plymouth Co. Probate Rec, Vol. XL., p. 458. 

*Samuel WilUam* Josselyn (Thomas', Thomas*, Henry', Abraham^ Thomas'), 

tHistory of Carroll Co., p. 981. 



Cox Genealogy. 


i. Polly*, b ; m. Chatham, Sept. 28, 1815, Abner Gee of Chatham, 

who d. BridgtOH, Me., about 1885, in his 91st year; bur. at Brownfield, 
Me. 5 ch. 
ii. Betsy^ b. ; m. Chatham, Dec. 25, 1816, William Rounds of Bux- 
ton, Me. Res. Bangor, Me. 5 ch. 

Abner Gee, called " Lieut." on his son's gravestone, and 
" Captain " by his granddaughter, was a notable musician, and 
his son, Abner Jr., taught dancing. A grandson, Volney Barker, 
invented the corn-cutter. 

5. William^ Cox (William^ William'), son of William' and 
Mary (Josselyn) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., Sept. 7, 1774; 
baptized 2°^ church, Oct. 9 ; died Norway, Me., April 7, 1847 5 
married, Chatham, N. H., Feb. 7, 1802, Elizabeth^ Phipps, 
daughter of Samuels* and Mary (Maxfield) Phipps of Chatham; 
born Chatham, Aug. 31, 1784 ; died Norway, Feb. 18, 1854. 

His visit to Pembroke in 1797, was far more momentous than 
a trip to Europe a hundred years later. At his marriage, he 
settled on his father's land in Stow, Me., and in 1808, removed 
to Norway, Me., going into business with his nephew. Increase 
Robinson Jr., under the firm name of '' Cox & Robinson." He 
bought the first two-story house built in Norway, t which he 
occupied until 1843, when, none of his sons wishing to continue 
the business, he exchanged his village property for a farm at 
North Norway. Here he and his wife died, and were buried in 
a new tomb just in front of the parlor windows, but have since 
been removed to the cemetery. He was a strong Baptist, and 
a representative to the Baptist Association fifteen times. % I* 
is said that after the visit of a lecturer on temperance to the 
town, he poured all the liquor in his store into the street, and 
never sold any afterward. He was over six feet in height, large, 
and of a fair complexion, with black eyes. 


i. Mary Ann<, b, Chatham, N, H., Dec. 16, 1802; d. Stow, Me., Jan. 5, 

Abraham Josselyn*, b. Chatham, Nov. 4, 1804. 

Thomas Jefferson*, b. Stow, Me., June 25, 1806. 

William*, b. Norway, Me., Aug. 23, 1808. 

Caroline Elizabeth*, b. Norway, Me., Mar. 23, 1810; d. Boston, May 16, 
1895; ™- Portland, Me., July 16, 1832, Capt. William Henry' 
Sweetser, son of Prince** and Lucy (Pratt) Sweetser* of Cumberland, 
Me., b. North Yarmouth, Me., Dec. 12, 1807; d. Newton, Mass., 
Aug. 13, 1872. 4 ch. 








114 Cox Genealogy. 

vi. Mary Ann-^, b. Norway, Feb. 19, i8i2; d. Bloomington, 111., Feb. 9, 
1888; m. Norway, Sept. 24, 1835, Ammi Prince'' Sweetser, son of 
Prince and Lucy (Pratt) Sweetser, b. North Yarmouth, Oct. 14, 1809; 
d, Chesterfield, Ind., Nov. 28, 1864. 5 ch. 

12. vii. Samuel Phipps*, b. Norway, Nov. 23, 1813. 

13. viii. George Washington-*, b. Norway, Oct. 22, 181 5. 

ix. Louisa Ann-*, b. Norway, May 14, 1816; d. Colebrook, N. H., Feb. 16, 
1874; m. Norway, Feb. 24, 1839, Dr. Augustus Harris, son of Amariah 
and Abigail (Daniels) Harris, b. Paris, Me., Sept. 29, 181 1; d. Cole- 
brook, April 20, 1874. 2 ch. 
X. Abigail Phipps^ b. Norway, Dec. 29, 1818; d. Bloomington, 111., Oct. 1, 
1853; m. ist, Norway, Nov. 2, 1842, Leonard Brown, of Oxford, Me., 
who d. April 30, 1844; ™- 2°^, Bloomington, Sept, 12, 1850, William 
Matthews, b. Rochester, Vt., June 14, 1810; he m. twice after, and d. 
April 4, 1904. 2 ch. 

xi. Edwin Stedman*, b. Norwav, Aug. 31, 1820; d. Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 
17, 1840. 

14. xii. James Hooper'*, b. Norway, April 21, 1822. 

xiii. Rowena*, b. Norway, Oct. 7, 1824; m. Norway, May 9, 1843, Claudius 
Augustus Noyes, son of David and Mary Shedd (Needham) Noyes, b. 
Norway, Oct. 17, 1820. 6 ch. 

xiv. Algernon Prescott*. b. Norway, Sept. 4, 1826; d. Norway, Sept. 15, 

It was always understood in this family that their father was 
of Welsh descent. A curious commentary on naming children, 
is the fact that Thomas Jefferson Cox was the only democrat in 
that branch of the family. 

6. Seth3 Cox (Seth^ William'), son of Seth^ and Elizabeth 
fjosselyn). Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., July 30, 1766 ; baptized 
2.'^^ church, Aug. 24 ; died Pembroke, Dec. 26, 1834. He mar 
ried first, Pembroke, Nov. 8, 1789, Mary Bramhall of Pembroke, 
who died Sept. 19, 1817, aged 49. Remarried second, Pembroke, 
Nov. 17, 1818, Mrs. Priscilla Allen of Pembroke, who died Feb. 
23, 1830, aged 62. He married third, Margery Gardner, who 
survived him, and died Feb. 9, 1852, aged 86.* 

His will, dated July 7, 1834, proved Jan. 21, 1835, "yeoman," 
mentions the children of son Seth Jr., deceased, daughter Me- 
hitable Pratt, daughter Deborah Jones, and a pew in the 
Congregational meeting-house. Wife Margery to be executor.* 

♦Samuel' Phipps (Elijah*, SamueP, Joseph^, Solomon'). 

tLapham's History of Norway, Oxford Co., Me. p. 132. 

{Same, p. 197. 

•*Prince* Sweetser (SalathieP, John*, Benj.^, Benj.^, Seth'). He was de- 
scended from Elder William Brewster, of the " Mayflower," and from Elder John 
Prince, of Hull. 

*Lucy6 Pratt (Thomas', Thomas*, John^, SamueP, Matthew'). 

*These dates of death with ages, are very kindly supplied by Mr. William Cox 
of Hanson. 

^Plymouth Co. Probate Rec. LXXVIL, p. 16. 

Cox Genealogy. 


i. Mehitable*, bapt. 2nd church, Pembroke, Sept. 5, 1790 (« Hetty "); m. 

Pembroke, Dec. 27, 1812, Thomas Pratt Jr., of Pembroke, 
ii. IsaaC^, bapt. 2nd church, Pembroke, July 25, 1793. 

iii. Seth-*, d. before 1834; m. Thayer. 

iv. Deborah", m. James. " Lots of ch." 

7. Ephraim3 Cox (Seth% William'), son of Seth^ and Eliza- 
beth (Josselyn) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., July 28, 1769 ; 
baptized 2"'^ church, Pembroke, Sept. 17 ; died Hanson,* Mass., 
Feb. 26, 1835, aged 65 (g. s.). He married, Abington, Dec. 11, 
1798, Nancy Stetson of Abington, who died Hanson, Dec. 19, 
1852, aged 73 (g. s.). He carried -the mail fourteen years. 


15. i. Ephraim'', b. Pembroke, March 20, 1800. 
ii. Nancy*, d. an infant. 

iii. Levi'*, d. an infant. 

1 6. iv. Whitcomb Stetson-*, b. Pembaoke, Oct. 15. 1805. 

V. Nancy*, b. Pembroke, Sept. 8, 1807; m. Levi Ramsdell. i ch, 
yi. Mary*, b. Pembroke, March 4, 1810, ni. Elbridge Ramsdell, bro. of 

Levi. I ch. 
vii. Harriet*, b. Pembroke, May 23, 1813; m. John L. Elms, of Hanson. 3 ch. 
viii. Elizabeth B.*, b. Pembroke, April 2, 1816; d. Jan. 23, 1875; "^- Oliver 
H. Simmons, b. N. H., Sept. 10, 1813; d. Jan. 14, 1883. 8 ch, 

17. ix. WiUiam'*, b. Pembroke, Dec, 25, 1818. 

18. X. Charles Judson^*. 

8. Enos3 Cox (Seth^, William'), son of Seth^ and Elizabeth 
(Josselyn) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., Aug. 29, 1771 ; baptized 
2"<^ church, Sept 29 ; died Hanson, Mass., March 9, 1843, aged 
71 years, 8 months. He married first, Abington, Mar. 10, 1799, 
Lydia Nash, daughter of Major Luke and Nabby (Smith) Nash; 
born Abington, Sept. 8, 1781; died May 11, 1806, aged 25 (g. s. ). 
He married, second, Bridgewater, 1808, Betsey (Hobart) Harden, 
widow of Melvin Harden; born June 27, 1783; d. Hanson, Sept. 
I, 1852, aged 83.* 

Children by Lydia, 

i. Lydia-*, b. Pembroke, Sapt. 29, 1799; bapt. 2nd church, Nov. 17; m. 


ii. Betsy*, b. Pembroke, March 6, 1801; m. Pembroke, June 20, 1819, Rob- 
ert Cook of Abington. 
iii. Sally*, b. Pembroke, Sept. 3, 1803; m. Whitmarsh. 

19. iv. Enos*, b. Pembroke, Feb. 28, 1806. 

Children by Betsey, 

V. Mariah H.-*, b. Pembroke, April 15, 1809; d. Aug. 15, 1839; m. April 
6, 1826, Thomas Cook. 

*The west parish of Pembroke, formed in I748, became the town of Hanson 
in 1820. 

*Bible of Enos^ Cox. 

ii6 Cox Genealogy. 

vi. Susannah Nash*, b. Pembroke, April 15, 1810; m. June 27, 1833, Luke 

B. Noyes of Whitman. 6 ch. 
vii. Esther H.*, b. Pembroke, June ir, 1814; m. Sampson, 

20. viii. Joseph Hobarf*, b. Pembroke, Dec. 4, 1815. 

ix. Mary DrakC, b. Hanson, June 10, 1824; m. Sylvanus Stickney. i dau, 

21. X. Hiram G.'^, b. Hanson, Feb. 15, 1830. 

9. Abraham Josselyn* Cox (William^ William'), son of Wil- 
liams and Elizabeth (Phipps) Cox, born Chatham, N. H., Nov. 
4, 1804; died Bath, N. Y., July 28, 1884. He married Albany, 
about 1830, Anna Eliza (Drake) Bradt, widow of Garret Bradt, 
of Albany. He was in business in Albany a number of years, 
and for twenty years was Captain of the third precinct police 


i. William^, b. about 1835; d an infant. 

ii. George', b. about 1838; d. an infant. 

iii. Sarah Louise^, b. Jan. 11, 1845; ^- Beatrice, Neb., May 5, 1880; m. 
Amri Boyd of Albany. 2 ch. 

iv. Georgianna', b. March 11, 1840; m. Dec. 15, 1862, John H. Brooks of 
Burlington, Vt. 5 ch. 

V, Caroline', b. July 20, 1842; m. Aug. 2, i860, Chapin W. Jones of Buf- 
falo, N. Y. 6 ch. 

vi. Eliza H.', b. Sept. 7, 1851 ; m. Dec, 20, 1871, Albert Snyder of Albany. 
I ch. 

10. Thomas Jefferson* Cox (Williams, William^ William'), 
son of Williams and Elizabeth (Phipps) Cox, born Stow, Me., 
June 25, 1806; died Dixfield, Me., May 13, 1885. He married 
first, Norway, Me., Jan. 25, 1831, Almira Millett, daughter of 
Solomon and Elizabeth (Dinsmore) Millett ; born Norway, 
May 21, 1807 ; died Dixfield,. Aug. 24, 1868. He married second, 
Mary S. (Millett) White, a sister of his first wife, and widow 
of Amos White of Dixfield, born Norway, Sept. 9, 1816. 

Children, all born Dixfield , 

i. Solomon Millett', b. April 19, 1832; d. Dixfield, May 16, 1848. 
ii. Algernon Prescott', b. March 30, 1833; d. Dixfield, Dec. 18, 1834. 

22. .iii. Thomas Jefferson', b. Oct. 22, 1837. 

iv. Algernon Prescott', b. Nov. 13, 1839; d. Dixfield, Nov. 15, 1841. 

V. Hiram Millett' b. Jan. 31, 1843. 

vi. Texanna', b. Oct. 21, 1844; d. Dixfield, Feb. 20, 1865. 

24. vii. George Henry', b. Nov. 22, 1849. 


The Seventh Annual Reunion and Banquet of the New 
England Cox Family Association, was held in the New Cen- 
tury Building, Huntington Ave., Boston, November 24, 1903. 
About 80 persons were present 

Governor Bates was the guest of the evening, and made a 
very happy speech. Other speakers were Mr. Kellogg 
Durland, L. E. Holden, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 
Charles M. Cox, of Melrose, and Mr. Guy W. Cox, of Bos 
ton. Excellent music was rendered by talent from the N. E. 
Conservatory of Music, and the social spirit of the entire 
evening was of" a delightful character. 

After reports of Secretary, Treasurer and Historian, the 
following officers were elected : 

President, Mr. Guy W. Cox, Boston, Mass. 
Vice-Pres., Mr. L. E. Holden, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Secretary, Mr. E. J. Cox, Newtonville, Mass. 
Treasurer, Mr. Charles M. Cox, Maiden. 
Historian, Rev. J. H. Cox, West Harwich. 

1904. No. 15. 

New England 



A • 




Rev. John H. Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy. 117 

11. William* Cox (Williams, William', William'), son of 
William^ and Elizabeth (Phipps) Cox, born Norway, Me., Aug. 
23, 1808, died Norway. He married Norway, Sept. 3, 1839, 
Elizabeth Sophronia Millett,* daughter of Nathaniel and Martha 
(Merrill) Millett, born Norway, Aug. 30, 1819 ; died Norway. 

Children, all born Norway, 

i. Abby Rowena^, b. May 11, 1842; m. Norway, March 19, 1875, Otis 
Bosworth, b. Hartford, Nov. 14, 1844; d. Norway, May 10, 1877. 
No children. 

25. ii. William Francis^, b. Nov. 28, 1843. 

iii. Elizabeth Jane', b. Jan. 4, 1846; d. Norway, Sept., 1898. unm. 

26. iv. Edwin Augustus*, b. Sept. 10, 1848. 
V. Martha Ella', b. July 7, 1850. 

vi. Minerva Etta', b. July 7, 1850; d. Oct. 5, 1850. 
vii. Charles Fremont', b. Dec. 3, 1857; d. Jan. 5, 1858. 
viii. Arthur Lincoln', b. Jan. 25, I864; d. March 18, 1872. 

12. Samuel Phipps* Cox (William^, William^, William'), son 
of William^ and Elizabeth (Phipps) Cox; born Norway, Me., 
Nov. 23, 1813 ; died Bloomington, 111., June 2, 1895. He mar- 
ried first, Atlanta, 111., Nov. 17, 1841, Mary Turner, daughter 
of Robert and Catherine (Jones) Turner, born Xenia, Ohio, 
March 2, 1819 ; died Bloomington, Sept. 25, 1879. He married 
second, Bloomington, Oct. 26, 1882, Arkie Lucinda Bandon, 
who survives him. 


i. Catherine Turner', b. Hudson, 111., Dec. 12, 1842; m. Bloomington, 

June 27, 1867, Fletcher Stewart Bunn. 2 ch. 
ii. Elizabeth', b. Hudson, April 5, 1844; d. Galena, 111., Dec. 30, 1847. 

27. iii. Edwin Stillman', b. Hudson, Oct, 24, 1846. 

iv. Abby Jane', b. Hudson, March 17, 1850. Art teacher, East Greenwich 

Academy, R. I. unm. 
V. Samuel Harvey', b. Hudson, Oct. 7, 1854. Res. Hardman, Oregon, 

vi. Mary Emma', b. Bloomington, March i, 1858; m. Bloomington, Nov. 

24, 1881, Frank Robinson Henderson, son of Franklin and Sarah 

(Metcalf) Henderson of Bloomington. Res., Los Angeles, Cal. I ch. 

13. George Washington* Cox (Williams, William*, William'), 
son of Williams and Elizabeth (Phipps) Cox, born Norway, Me., 
Oct. 22, 1815 ; died McLain Co., 111., June 30, 1874. He mar- 
ried first, McLain Co., March 24, 1842, Nancy Jane Loving, 
daughter of Taylor Loving of Gridley Township, who died 

*Cousin of Almira (Millett) Cox. 

ii8 Cox Genealogy. 

Feb. i6, 1863. He married second, Aug. 12, 1863, Nancy, 
widow of Joseph Potter of Kappa, 111. 

Children, all born McLain Co., 

28. i. James William^, b. Jan. 10, 1844. 

ii. Mary Louisa', b. April 20, 1846; m. Kappa, 111., Jan. 15, i860, Wesley 
Bowers, son of John and Elizabeth (Bysel) Bowers, b. Hancock Co., 
Ohio, Sept. 23, 1839; d. Stillwater, Oklahoma, June 22, 1901. 10 ch. 

iii. Philip'. 

29. iv. Henry W.', b. Jan. 20, 1854. 

V. Charles Sumner,^ 

14. James Hooper^ Cox (William^, William", William'), son 
of William^ and Elizabeth (Phipps) Cox, born Norway, Me., 
April 21, 1822 ; died Hudson, 111., May 9, 1900. He married 
Waterford, Me., Feb. 5, 1846, Mary Ann Chadbourne, daughter 
of James H. and Mercy (Scribner) Chadbourne of Waterford ; 
born Harrison, Me., Oct. 6, 1825 ; died Hudson, 111., Dec. 22, 


30. i. Charles Edwin', b. Waterford, Me., Sept. 24, 1848. 

ii. Rora Sweetser', b, Watertord, Me., June 5, 1850; m. Hudson, 111., 
March 17, 1872, John Wesley Aldrich, b. Uxbridge, Mass., Dec. 10, 
1838. Res., Normal, 111. 4 ch. 
iii. Nettie Viletta', b. Hudson, 111., Dec. 5, 1856; m. Hudson, Oct. 6, 1880, 
Rev. F. Marion Smith. No ch. 

31. iv. Herbert Melvin', b. Bloomington, 111., July 17, 1861. 

32. v. Harry Whitmore', b. Bloomington, 111., July 17, .861. 

15. Ephraim* Cox (EphraimJ, Seth', William'), son of 
Ephraims and Nancy (Stetson) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., 
March 20, 1800 ; d. 1878. He married first, Charlotte Elms; 

married second, Almira T , who survived him. His will, 

dated April 11, 1873, proved Jan. 30, 1878, mentions daughter 
Lucy W. Sampson ; she to have her mother's gold necklace ; 
son Levi S. Cox, and son Albert F. Cox. Wife Almira T. Cox 
to be executor.* 


I. Lucy W.', m. Bartlett Sampson. Res., Whitman. 2 ch. 

ii. Levi Stetson', b. 1826; d. 1887; m. CaroUne Perry, 

iii. EHza Jane'. 

iv. Albert Franklin', m. Mary Jones. 

^Plymouth Co. Probate Rec, Vol. CXLII., p. 419. 

Cox Genealogy. iig 

i6. Whitcomb Stetson* Cox (EphraimJ, Seth*, William'), son 
of Ephraim3 and Nancy (Stetson) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass. 
Oct. 15, 1805; died Hanson, Mass., Feb. 2, 1856, "aged 51 " 
(g. s.). He married Almira Ford Delano, who died June 11, 
1877, "aged 69 years, i month, 11 days" (g. s.). Res., Han- 


i. Almira', m. John W. Atkins. 2 ch. 

17. William* Cox (Ephraim^, Seth*, William') son of Eph- 
raim3 and Nancy (Stetson) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., Dec. 25, 
1818 ; married Phebe H. Sampson. Res., Hanson. 


i. Mary Augusta', b, Hanson; d. Hanson, Sept. 4, 1843, "aged I year, 
6 months " (g. s.). 

18 Charles Judson* Cox (Ephraim^, Seth*, William'), son of 

Ephraim3 and Nancy (Stetson) Cox, born ; married, first, 

Jane Hartwell, who died Feb. 15, i860. He married second, 
Jnne 4, 1865, Joanna L. Josselyn of Pembroke. 


i. Ida H.', (" Adar "), b. Duxbury, Mass., Jan. 3, 1850; m. Henry Ford 
Res., Boston. 

19. Enos* Cox (Enoss, Seth», William'), son of Enos^ and 
Lydia (Nash) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., Feb. 28, 1806 ; died 
Abington, Mass., Oct. 17, 1893 ; married Abington, June 19, 
1828, Rebekah Orcutt, daughter of Moses and Meribah (Jordan) 
Orcutt, born Weymouth, Mass., June i, 1811 ; died Abington, 
Aug. 1887. He was an infant when his mother died and was 
taken and brought up by her sisters. 

Children, born Abington, 

33. i. Samuel Nash', b. June, 1830. 

34. ii. James Francis', b. March 6, 1832. 

20. Joseph Hobart* Cox (Enos3, Seth*, William'), son of 
Enos3 and Betsy (Hobart) (Harden) Cox, born Pembroke, Mass., 
Dec. 4, 1815 ; m. Lydia Cushman Lyon. 


i. Hannah Bradford', m. Walton Bates. Res., West Hanover, 
ii. Lucius Gilbert', d. aged 25. 

35. iii. Samuel Otis'. 

I20 Cox Genealogy. 

21. Hiram G.-* Cox (Enos^, Seth*, William'), son of Enos3 
and Betsy (Hobart) (Harden) Cox, born Hanson, Mass., Feb. 
15,, 1830 ; died 1889 ; married Caroline Raymond. 

Children, all born Duxbury, Mass., 

i. Hiram Franklin^, b. Aug. 16, 1855; d. Duxbury, Oct. 6, 1856. 

36. ii. Charles Raymond', b. April 23, 1857. 

iii. Angle May*, b. Jan. 27, 1859; m. Ezra Warren Clift. I ch. 

iv. Carrie E.*, b. April 12, 1861; m. Herbert Fish. 3 ch. 

22. Thomas Jeffersons Cox (Thomas J. 4, Williams, William*, 
William'), son of Thomas Jefferson^ and Almira (Millett) Cox, 
born Dixfield, Me., Oct. 22, 1837 ; married Bloomington, 111., 
Dec. 22, 1859, Emma Rouse, daughter of Col. John and Jane 
(Evans) Rouse. Res., Denver, Col. 

Children, born Bloomingtou, 111. 

i. Cora Ella*, b. Dec, 22, i860; m. Bloomington, June 26, 1884, Gustave 

Gehlert. Res., Chicago. 2 ch. 
ii. Leah Myra,* b. Aug. 27, 1865; m. Denver, Col., Jan. 24, 1893, Charles 
Hudson Burr. Res., Bloomington. i ch. 

23. Hiram Milletts Cox (Thomas J.4, William?, William^ 
William'), son of Thomas Jefferson* and Almira (Millett) Cox, 
born Dixfield, Me., Jan. 31, 1843 ; married Brunswick, Me., 
Jan. 3, 1865, Henrietta Octavia Perry, daughter of John W.* 
and Laura Bryant (Smith) Perry, bora Brunswick, June 29, 
1844. Res., Portland, Me. 

Children, all born Dixfield, Me., 

i. Walter HerbertS b. July 25, 1867; d. Dixfield, March 29, 1868, 
ii. AUce Louise*, b. July 27, 1871; m. Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 26, 1895, ^ts 

second wife, John Lynch, son of John and Ellen (Barker) Lynch of 

Portland. Res., Washington, D. C. No ch. 
iii. Lester Everett*, b. April 26, 1876. 

24. George Henrys Cox Thomas J.*, William?, William^, Wil- 
liam'), son of Thomas Jefferson* and Almira (Millet) Cox, born 
Dixfield, Me., Nov. 22, 1849 ; married Bloomington, 111., Sept. 
10, 1872, Clara M. Bruner, daughter of George and Chloe E. 
( ) Bruner of Bloomington. 

Children, all born Bloomington, 

i. Albert Bruner*, b. Oct. 27, 1874; d. Bloomington, Nov. 16, 1874. 
ii. Herman Millett*, b. Dec. i, 1875; m. Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 15, 1897, 

Clara Sinclair Gregg, 
iii. Lutie Delle*, b. Dec. 15, 1878; d. Bloomington, Feb. 29, 1884. 

*He had no middle name, but assumed " W " probably for Whitman, 

Cox Genealogy. 121 

25. William Franciss Cox (William*, Williams, William', 
William'), son of William* and Elizabeth Sophronia (Millett) 
Cox, born Norway, Me., Nov. 28, 1843 j niarried Norway, Oct. 
5, 1868, Catherine Hobbs Noyes, daughter of Capt. Amos F. 
and Lydia (Hobbs) Noyes, born Norway, Dec. 7, 1846. He 
enlisted three times during the civil war ; first, Sept. 10, 1862, 
in Co. H, 23rd Reg. Me. Vols.; second, Feb. 16, 1864, in Co. 
B, 32d Reg. Me. Vols.; third, Dec. 29, 1864, in Co. F, Coast 
Guards. Wounded before Petersburg. 

Children, born Norway, Me., 

i. Oscar Noyes*, b. Oct. 9, 1870; m. Norway, Dec. 30, 1896, Fannie L. 
Herrick, daughter of Jonathan S. and Hannah W. (Brickett) Herrick, 
b, Norway, March 27, 1874, 
ii. Weltha MabelS b. March 28, 1876. 

26. Edwin Augustuss Cox (William*, William^, William*, 
William'), son of William* and Elizabeth Sophronia (Millett) 
Cox, born Norway, Me., Sept. 10, 1848 ; m. Norway, Sept. 23, 
1875, Issinella Amanda Hobbs, daughter of William Crosby and 
Amanda (Tufts) Hobbs, born Norway, Dec. 15, 1853. 

Children, born Norway, 

i, Claude William*, b. Sept, 10, 1876. 
ii. Minneola Ava*, b. March 3, 1880. 
iii. Carleton Edwin*, b. Sept. 4, 1885. 

27. Edwin Stillmans Cox (Samuel P.*, Williams, William*, 
William'), son of Samuel Phipps* and Mary (Turner) Cox, born 
Hudson, 111., Oct. 24, 1846 ; married Chico, Cal., Nov., 28, 
1873, Eliza Jane Mison, born McLain Co., 111., Jan. i, 1854. 
Res., Hardman, Oregon. 


i. Mary Emma*, b. Butte Co., Cal., Nov. 25, 1874; m. Marsh. 

37. ii. Chauncey Delbert*, b. Plumas Co., Cal., May 19, 1877. 

28. James Williams Cox (George W.*, William^, William*, 
William'), son of George Washington* and Nancy Jane (Loving) 
Cox, born McLain Co., 111., Jan. 10, 1844 ; married April 5, 
1867, Mary E. Turpin, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Kiser) 
Turpin, born Owen Co., Ind., May 9, 1846. He enlisted Aug. , 
1861, in Co. C, 33d Reg., Illinois Infantry, and served two 
years. Removed to Allen Co., Kansas, in 1874, and to Lin Co., 

122 Cox Genealogy. 

Kansas, in 1882. Rep. to Legislature, 1881. Res., Blue 
Mound, Lin Co., Kansas. 


i. JennieS m. 1898. 

ii. Zeiiner*, m. Sept. 24, 1894, Eliza Grain. Res., Blue Mound. 

iii. Viola*, m. June 9, 1894, Freeman J. Crozier. Res., Centreville, Kansas, 

iv. Aura*, m. Nov. 10, 1897, Charles Curry. Res., Blue Mound. 

39. Henry W. Coxs (George W.4, Williams, William*, Wil- 
liam'), son of George Washington^ and Nancy Jane (Loving) 
Cox, born McLain Co., 111., Jan. 20, 1854; married Oct. 3, 
1872, Jennie S. Ritter, born Oct. 2, 1853. Res., Elsmore, 


38. i. C. Frank', b. Jan. 28, 1875. 

ii. Lizzie C.*, b. Sept. lo, 1877; m. Mav i, 1892, John W. Pine. 2 ch. 

iii. W. H. Harry*, b. Nov. ii, 1879. 

iv. Roy Wesley*, b. Jan. 8, 1884. 

30. Charles EdwinS Cox (James H.4, William^, William^ 
William'), son of James Hooper^ and Mary Ann (Chadbourne) 
Cox, born Waterford, Me., Sept. 24, 1848 ; married Hudson, 111., 
Sept. 26, 187 1, Effie Dart. 


i. Nellie May*, b. July 29, 1872; d. Sept. 24, 1873. 

ii. Merton D.*, b. March 20, 1874. 

iii. L. Mabel*, b. Jan. 29, 1879. 

iv. Claudius H.*, b. Mav 11, 1880. 

V. James H.*, b. Jan. 22, 1883. 

vi. Charles W.*, b. March 23, 1886. 

vii. Clare F*., b. March 9, 1888. 

viii. Don William*, b. I<eb. i, 1893, 

31. Herbert Melvins Cox (James H.4, Williams, William', 
William'), son of James Hooper and Mary Ann (Chadbourne) 
Cox, born Bloomington, 111., July 17, i86x ; married Atlanta, 
111., Oct. I, 1885, Mae Downy, daughter of William Hoblett and 
Laura (Roach) Downy. Res., Hudson, 111. 


i. Edith Mae*, b. Aug. 31, 1886. 
ii. Fred Herbert*, b. Sept. 16, 1888. 
iii. Carroll*, b. July 22, 1895. 

32. Harry Whitmores Cox (James H.4, William^, William*, 
William'), son of James Hooper and Mary Ann (Chadbourne) 

Cox Genealogy. 123 

Cox, born Bloomington, 111., July 17, 1861 ; married Bessemer, 
Mich., Jan. 3, 1889, Saidee Gray, daughter of James A. and 
Alexandrina (McLeod) Gray. Res., Hudson, 111. 


i. Mary AlexiaS b. Hudson, Feb. 10, 1890. 

33. Samuel Nashs Cox (Enos't, Enos^, Seth*, William'), son 
of Enos* and Rebekah (Orcutt) Cox, born Abington, Mass., 
June, 1830 : married, first, 1857, Harriet N. Clement of Boston, 
who died 1889. He married second, Nellie Enberg of St. 
Joseph, Mo. 


i. Charles Henry*, b. Abington, May 12, 1855; d. Nov. 20, 1864. 

34. James Franciss Cox (Enos^, Enos^, Seth*, William'), son 
of Enos"* and Rebekah (Orcutt) Cox, born Abington, Mass., 
March 6, 1832 ; died Abington, June 21, 1885 ; married Abing- 
ton, Sept. 22, 1857, Mary Ann Farrar, daughter of Judson Niles 
and Mary Ann (Whitney) Farrar, born Boston, Sept. 22, 1835. 

Children, born Abington, 

i. Frank JudsonS b. July 30, 1858; d. Abington, Aug. 30, 1858. 
ii. Francis Marion*, b. Nov. 24, 1859; d. Abington, Sept, 21, 1861. 
iii. Mary Rebekah*, b, April 26, 1863. 

iv. Harriet Caryl*, b. Feb. 28, 1868; m. Abington, June 30, 1900, Albert 
Woodbury Dennis, son of Leonard Griffin and Sarah Elizabeth (Wood- 
bury) Dennis, b. Gainesville, Fla., April 11. 1873. Res., Salem, Mass, 

35. Samuel Otiss Cox (Joseph H.4, Enoss, Seth^ William'), 
son of Joseph Hobart* and Lydia Cushman (Lyon) Cox, married 
Rosetta C. Stebbins. 

Children, born Hanson, Mass., 

i. James Everett*, b. Aug. 19, 1868; m. Matilda Robinshaw of Waltham. 
ii. Herbert Greyson*, b. Dec. i, 1869, 

36. Charles Raymond' Cox (Hiram G.4, Enos3, Seth^ Wil- 
liam'), son of Hiram G.-*, and Caroline (Raymond) Cox, born 
Duxbury, Mass., April 23, 1857 ; married Jan. i, 1878, Lucy 
Reed Sproul of Whitman, Mass. Res., Whitman. 


i. Leonard Frank*, b. Feb. 20, 1880. 

124 Cox Genealogy. 

^ 37. Chauncey Delbert^ Cox (Edwin S.s, Samuel P. 4, WilliamJ, 
William', William'), son of Edwin Stillmans and Eliza Jane 
(Nelson) Cox, born Plumas Co., Cal., May 19, 1877 ; married 
Myra Howlett, daughter of Luther S. and Ellen Frances (Gor- 
ton) Howlett. Res., California. 


i. Virginia^ b. Nov. 18, 1903. 

38. C. Frank^ Cox (Henry W.s, Geo. W.4, William^, William', 
William'), son of Henry W.s, and Jennie S. (Ritter) Cox , born 
Jan. 28, 187s ; married April i, 1894, Pearl Bonta. 


Hazel YJ, b. July 10, 1895. 
Elmer Lynn', b. June 29, 1897. 

I905- No. i6. 

New England 







Rev. John H. Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 


Identification of any of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation ta any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birthj marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy. 125 

33. *' Johns Cox, (SamueK Samuels, William', Robert'^ 
son of Samuel, Jr. 4 and Mary (Thayer of Randolph), Cox, was 
born in Dorchester, Dec. 1791, bapt. Jan. i, 1792. He 

learned his father's trade of harness-maker, and came to Dedham 
in the employ of Capt. Elisha Mcintosh, as early as 1814.* 
"Mar. 9, 1815, he married his employer's wife's sister, Lucretia 
Damon,(a descendant of Rev. John Wilson, the first minister of 
Boston and of Henry Sampson of the Mayflower), and located 
on Church Street, where he finally owned three houses and a 
coach manufactory. In 1822, the Dedham Rifle Club was 
formed, *' two of the reputed best shots," John Cox and Edward 
Hall choosing sides. He took great pleasure in going to Cohasset 
to shoot wild ducks, and once captured a wild goose, storm-driven 
to Wigwam Pond, in Dedham. In 1824, he formed the firm of 
" Cox and Tower," for Chaise Work, Harness Work, Painting, 
&c." He joined in organizing the "Independent Line of Stage 
Coaches," between Boston and Providence, and superintended 
most of the repair work. After railroads superseded stage 
coaches, he followed house and carriage painting. He helped 
organize the first Fire Department, and was long an active 
member of the "Volunteer Engine Co." For several years, he 
served as Constable, and in 1841, was a member of the noted 
" Society for Apprehending and Prosecuting (Horse) Thieves." 
He was a strong temperance advocate, and a man of kindly 
disposition. He died at 87, of old age, Nov. 17, 1878." 

The family of Johns and Lucretia (Damon) Cox, consisted of 
nine children; 

i. Louisa Damon, b. Feb. 25, 1816; m. William Cox, son of William*; 

2 ch., Edward Glover, Adelaide; d. Dec. 14, 1859. See page 131. 
ii. Mary Thayer, b. Dec. 18, 1818; m, May i, 1842, Aaron Marden; 3 ch., 

Fanny (Russell), Minnie (Pierce), Harry; d. May 12, 1851. 
iii. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Oct. 6, 1821; m. May i, 1842, Marshall Newell; 2 
ch., Martha (Pierce), Frank F.; d. Sept 6, 1896. 
53. iv. John, b. Mar 6, 1825. 

V. Caroline Frances, b. May 29, 1828; m. Aaron Marden; 2 ch., Mary, 
William; d. Jan. 17, 1875. 

*" Dedham Treasurer December 24, 1814, To Mr. John Cox, ^19.33 — for eight 
sets of cartridge boxes." " ;gio6.oo for Guns and Accoutrements." 

126 Cox Genealogy. 

54. vi. Samuel Henry, b. Sept. 7, 1830. 

vii. Nancy Damon, b. Dec. 26, 1835; d. unmarried. Mar. 1853. 
viii. William Ilayden, b. Mar. 23, 1838; d. unmarried, 1891; continued his 
father's painting business. 
vi.. Abby Lucretia, b. Aug. 6, 1842; d. Feb. i, 1844. 

34. Georges Cox, (Samuel*, Samuel^, William', Robert'), 
youngest son of Samuel*, and Mary (Thayer) Cox, was baptized 
Oct. 27, 1793, " Being the first child baptized by the Rev. Mr. 
Harris, on the first Lord's day after his ordination." 

Mr. Cox moved from Mattapan, Mass., to Maine in 18 14, 
where in the towns of Gardiner, North Yarmouth, Hallowell and 
finally at Riverside, he engaged in the manufacture of paper, 
under the several firm names of " Savels, Cox & Co.," " Harris 
& Cox Bros.," " George Cox & Co." He was prosperous in all 
these ventures until misfortune came in the destruction of his 
plant on Seven Mile Brook, by fire in 1841. 

He married an English lady by the name of Ellen Went- 
worth, by whom he had six children. 
1. George Washington, 
ii. Mary Elizabeth, m. Hall, 
iii. JuUa Wentworth, m. 1845, Edwin F. Hoyt. 
iv. Ellen Maria. 

V. Quincy Adams, 4 ch., John, George, Ellen, Callia(?). 
vi. William Eugene, Riverside, Me., served in 3rd Me. Cavalry. 

35. Georges Cox, (Henry*, Samuels, William*, Robert'), was 
the eldest son of Capt. Henry*, and Sarah (Davenport) Cox, 
born Nov. 21, baptized Dec. 16, 1795. He married Hannah 
Drinkwater, of North Yarmouth, Me., in which town he was 
engaged in manufacturing paper. He was interested in the 
same business later, in East Walpole, Mass. There were six 

i. Phoebe, m. June 9, 1842, Frances PoUeys. Resides Huntsville, O. 
ii. Frances E., a teacher, d. unmarried. 

iii. Rebecca Fisher, b. June 16, 1828; m. Sept. 28, 1843, Frances D. Lin- 
coln, of Walpole, Mass. 
iv. Emily Drinkwater.* 
V. Henrietta, a teacher, unmarried. 
vi. Sally Bussey, a teacher, unmarried. 
____ • 

* Miss Emily Cox lives in the Capt. Henry Cox House, at Cox's Corner, Mat- 
tapan Mass., and with her mother, then 96 years of age, entertained the Cox family 
at its first reunion, Oct. 2, 1897. 

Cox Genealogy. 127 

36. Henrys ("Harry") Cox, (Henrys, Samuels, William', 
Robert'), son of Henrys, and Mrs. Sarah (Davenport) (Bussey) 
Cox, born Nov. 20, 1797, married Dec. 11, 1819, Rachael A. 
Durgan and had two children. Mrs. Rachael Cox died July 23, 
1853, aged 50 years. 

55. i. William Henry, b. Dec. i, 1820. 

ii. Ann Matilda, b. Aug, Ii, 1824; m. William Tavener. 

37. Samuel Birds Cox, (Benjamin^, Samuels, William*, 
Robert'), son of Benjamin^ and Sarah (Bowman) Cox, was born 
in Chicopee Falls, Mass., Sept. 26, 1815. He married, in 1842, 
Eliza Hicks, of New York. Mrs. Cox died some years since, 
and Samuel Bird resides (1899) with his daughter, Mrs. Eva 
Judd, in Tellamook, Oregon. There were four children. 

56. i. Lemuel Bird, b. Jan. 21, 1844 6? 

57. ii. Rueben Samuel, b. Aug. 15, 1847. 
58 iii. Eugene S., b. June 15, 1850. 

iv. Eva, b. Sept. 20, 1852. m. May 15, 1878, John Stanley Judd; 9 ch. 

38. Samuels Cox, (Samuel^, Samuels, Mathew^ Robert'), old- 
est son of Samueh and Fanny (Watson) Cox, called '* Samuel, 
Jr.," in family records, was born in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 9, 
1793. He was a blacksmith by trade. He married, Aug. 10, 
i8ig, in the city of Baltimore, Harriet Moore. Rev. John M. 
Duncan was the officiating clergyman. 

Harriet (Moore) Cox was born Feb. 5, 1791, and died Oct 13, 
1838, and was buried in the family tomb in Cambridge, Mass., 
opposite Harvard University. Samuels had three children by 
his first wife. 

Mr. Cox married 2nd Oct. 31, 1839, Lucy Ann Bayley of 
Cambridge. She was born in Lunenburg, Mass., Mar. 6, 1812, 
where she died Feb. 9, 1896. Samuels . died in Lunenburg, 
June 3, 1841. He had one child by the second marriage, 
Charles Edwin Cox, now (1899) living in Lunenburg. 

i. Joseph, b. July 6, 1820; d. 1873. 

ii. George C, b. May 10, 1823; d. Feb. 3, 1853. 

iii, William W. 

59, iv, Charles Edwin, b, Apr, 24, 1840. 

39. Leonards Cox, (SamueH, Samuels, Mathew^ Robert'), 
was the second son of SamueH, and Fanny (Watson) Cox, born 

1 28 Cox Genealogy. 

in West Cambridge, March 4, 1796, and baptized by the Rev. 
Ebenezer Nelson, Sen. Sept. 15, 1817. He married May 9, 1820, 
Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Louisa Lear, of Maiden, 
Mass.," Parson Aaron Green officiating." 

Leonards was a man of upright character and sterling piety. 
His name appears as one of the constituent members of the 
West Cambridge, now Arlington, Baptist Church, in which 
body he held several important offices. He was also a suc- 
cessful business man, acquiring considerable property. He 
died at his home on Green St., Cambridge, March 8, 1877, a 81. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Lear) Cox was born in Maiden, Mass., April 
24, 1794, died in Cambridgeport, Aug. 22, 1872, "After a 
wedded life of 52 years, and a membership in the Baptist Church 
of 44 years," a woman of quiet unassuming piety. The 
children were four. 

60. i. Leonard, b. Oct. 5, 1821. 

61. ii. Peter Lear, b. Mar. 31, 1824. 

62. iii. Henry Skinner Brown, b. July 15, 1827, d. July 30,1877. 

iv. Elizabeth Frances, b. Feb. 5, 1835; m. Francis Augustus* Cox, son of 
ElbridgeS, July 21, 1868. 

40. Rev. Elbridges Cox, (SamueH, Samuel', Mathew', Rob- 
ert') the youngest son of Samuel^ and Fanny (Watson) Cox, 
was born in West Cambridge, Mass., May 4, 1806. In early 
life, he was in business as a " Storekeeper," in that part of 
his native town which is now Arlington. Lord's Day, June 3, 
1830, he was baptized by Rev. E. Nelson, Jr., " In the great 
pond opposite the Post Office." (Spy Pond?) Mr. Cox was 
prominent in Church matters, holding the offices of Moderator, 
Church Clerk, Sunday School Superintendent, etc., for the next 
ten years. In 1840, October 4, he was licensed to preach the 
Gospel as a minister of the Baptist denomination, and Dec. 20, 
of this year was dismissed from the church in West Cambridge, 
to form a new church at Emery's Mills, in the town of Shapleigh, 
Maine. From this time, Mr. Cox served for a longer or shorter 
term, various churches in Maine and New Hampshire, having 
recourse on several occasions, to his former occupation as a 
" store keeper," in order to support his large family. 

ElbridgeS Cox married Olevia Augusta Grey of Wells, Me., by 
whom he had ten children. Mrs. Cox was possessed of a highly 

Cox Genealogy. lag 

imaginative nature, and a taste for writing poetry; but her 
talents were never developed by a liberal education. The later 
years of her life were saddened by ill health. She died at 
Augusta, Maine, April 7, 1893, a 80. Rev. Elbridges Cox died in 
South Vineland, N. J'., May 7, 1874, a 68. The children were: 
i. Ann Mary, b. 1832; d. June 30, 1839. 

63. ii. Judson Gray. 

iii. Harriet Morse, b. Oct. 31, 1835; ^' William Wentworth Palmer; I ch. 

64. iv. Francis Augustus, b. Aug. 3, 1837. 

[Twins. Abby M. m. George Palmer of Haverhill, 
vi. Abby Melissa, j Mass; 5 ch. 
vii. Rosa A. drowned at Freedom, N. H. 

viii. Susan Augustua, b. June 6, I843; m. Nov. 26, 1868, James W. Smith, 
of Stark, Me. I ch. d. Mar. 14. 1903, 

65. ix. Charles Henry, b. Aug. 7, 1846. 

66. X. John Hosmer, b. Dec. 3, 1848. 

41. Benjamins Cox, (Benjamin^, Benjamins, Mathew^ Rob- 
ert'), oldest son of Benjamin^, and Clarissa (Emerson) Cox, 
born Dec. 10, 1810, married June 7, 1832, Mary Ann, daughter 
of Joel and Ruth (Tapley) Hewes. Mr. Cox died in Wakefield, 
Mass., May 30, 1891. Mrs. Cox was born April 17, 1814, and 
died June 2, 1847. Their children were: 

i. Francis Warren, b. Oct. 10, 1833. d. Oct. 12, 1833. 

ii. Mary Ellen, b. July 7,1835; m. Feb. 26, 1862, Augustus A. Parker; d. 
Mar. II, 1871. 

iii. Adelaide Hewes, b. Oct. 2, 1840; m. July 24, 1863, Edward A. Simp- 
son; d. Apr. 13, 1865. 

67. iv. Leroy Benjamin, b. Nov. 17, 1845. 

V. Daniel Proctor, b. May 31, 1846; d. Aug. 26, 1850. 

42. Thomas EmersonS Cox, (Benjamin*, Benjamins, Mathew', 
Robert') born in Lynnfield. Mass., was the second son of Ben- 
jamin4, and Clarissa (Emerson) Cox. He married October 8, 
1839, Lucy Gould, and died May 7, 1898. The children were 

i. Lucy Albina, b. July 6, 1840. 

ii. Benjamin Franklin, b. 1842, d. inft. 

iii. Abby Jane, b. Sept. 1843; d. R. R. accident July 1863, unmarried, 

iv. Caroline Parmelia, b. July 6, 1852; m. Feb. 20, 1872, Frances E. Noyes. 

68. vi. Thomas Emerson, b. April 20, i860. 

43. Hubbard Emersons Cox, (Benjamin'*, Benjamin^, Ma- 
thew*, Robert'), born in Lynnfield, Sept. 3, 1825, the son of 

130 Cox Genealogy. 

Benjamin'*, and Clarissa (Emerson) Cox. He married, May 6, 
1847, Lydia Perham, of Reading, Mass., daughter of Joseph and 
Sally (Parker) Spokefield. 

Mr. Cox is a wood and lumber dealer residing in North Read- 
ing, Mass., He has two children, 
i. Sarah Elizabeth, b. April 4, 1850. 
ii. Charles Hubbard, b. Jan. 10, 1853. 

44. Georges Cox, (Benjamin^, Benjamins, Mathew*, Robert'), 
youngest son of Benjamin4, and Clarissa (Emerson) Cox, was 
born in Lynniield, Mass., August 5, 1828. He married in Wo- 
burn, Mass., June 8, 1849, Harriet, daughter of John W. and 
Harriet B. Wiley, of South Reading. Georges is sucessfully 
carrying on the shoe business. There are three children. 

69. i. George Francis, b. Aug. 5, 1850. 

ii. Albert Eugene, b. June 6, 1852; d. Nov. 25, 1868. 
iii. Charles Warren, b. Sept. 17, 1856; d. Sept. 21, 1857. 

45. Charles Moteys Cox, (Mathew*, Benjamin^, Mathew*, 
Robert'), was the son of Mathew* by his second wife, Charlotte 
(Emerson) Cox, born May 5, 1815. He married Emeline 
Brewer, daughter of Ebenezer and Nancy W. (Draper) Vose of 
Boston. They had four children. 

Mr. Cox was a prominent shoe dealer of Boston, having his 
place of business at 171 Washington Street, nearly opposite the 
Old South Church. He died in Boston Oct. 5, 1890. 

i. Charles Vose, b. Nov. 5, 1848; m. May 20, 1888, Mary L. Lawrence. 

70. ii. William Emerson, b. May 4, 1850. 

71. iii. George Bancroft, b. Jan 31, 1852. 

72. iv. Edwin Birchard, b. Jan. 31, 1859. 

46. John Ornes Cox, (Mathew^, Benjamins, Mathew*, Rob- 
ert'), son of Mathew4 and Charlotte (Emerson) Cox, was born 
Jan. 22, 1818. He was in business with his brother, Charles 
Moteys, in Boston, Mass. He died Aug. 16, 1839, and his 
brother Charles M. administers the estate.* 

47. William Emersons Cox, (Mathew*, Benjamins, Mathew*, 
Robert'), son of Mathew*, and Charlotte (Emerson) Cox, was 
born Jan. 7, 1820. He married Feb. 17, 1842, Rachael Bancroft 

*Suf. Probate 32255. 

Cox Genealogy. 131 

Hawkes. He died April 21, 1849, in Mexico, on his way to 
California. They had two children. 

i. Williamine, b. July 25, 1841; m. Jan. 12, 1875, George Ransom; 2 ch. 
73. ii. John Orne, b. Dec. 24, 1842. 

48. MathewS Cox, (Mathew*, Benjamins, Mathew^ Robert'), 
born June 3, 1825, married ist Oct 2, 1849, Sarah E. W., 
daughter of Ebenezer and Nancy W. Vose, and a sister to the 
widow of his brother, Charles MoteyS. Mrs. Cox was born June 
II, 1829, and died Sept. 12, i860. A stone, in Mount Auburn, 
bearing the words, " May angels guard her while she sleeps," 
marks her resting place. 

MathewS Cox married 2nd in 1864, Ellen J. Aldrich. Mr. 
Cox died June 27, 1899, ^ 74- Seven children sprang from the 
two marriages. Two tiny marbles in the family lot in Mount 
Auburn, record the death of the first and second, 
i. " Our infant boy " d. Aug. 26,1851. 
ii. " His little sister " d. June 24, 1855. 
iii. Helen Josephine, b. Dec. 23, 1865. 
iv. Mathew, b. Oct, 9, 1867; d. Aug. 8, 1868. 
V. Joseph Mathew, b. July 7, 1869. 
vi. Stephen Emerson, b. Sept. 14, 1871; d. Apr, 21, 1877. 
vii. Walter, b. June i, 1876, 

49. Samuel^ Cox, (Jamess, James*, Samuels, James*, Rob- 
ert'), son of Jamess and Hannah (Main) Cox, born Marblehead, 
Mass., Aug. 27, 1819. He married April 2, 1844, Elizabeth 
Knight Philips. She died Oct. 21, 1896. Mr. Cox was, for 
many years. Postmaster at Marblehead; now resides with his 
daughter at Lynn, Mass. His children are: 

i. Elizabeth Phillips, b. Aug. 11, 1844; m. Dec. 23, 1868. Daniel F. 

ii. Lydia Ann Philips, b. July 21, 1846; m. Philip Smith, 2 ch. 

iii. Hannah Adams, b. July 29, 1848; m. Fred Skinner. 3 ch. 

iv. Elizabeth Knight, b. Aug. 12, 1850; m. EleryC. Spinney. 5 ch. 

V. William Main, b, Sept. 28, 1852. 

vi, Mary Knight, b. Aug. 23, 1854; d, inft, 
vii. Ellen Coolidge, b. Feb. 4, 1856; d. inft. 
viii. Martha Bartol, b, June 10, i860. 

ix, Charles Howard, b. Aug, 28, 1862, 

50. William^ Cox, (Williams, SaniueH, Samuels, William*, 
Robert'), son of Williams married his cousin Louisa Damon Cox, 
daughter of Johns, and Lucretia (Damon) Cox. She was a 

133 Cox Genealogy. 

woman of fine talents and education, acquainted with Latin, 
French, German, Italian and Spanish, and was assistant in the 
Boston Public Library, when the Bates Library was first do- 
nated to the city. Her son, Edward Glover Cox, enlisted in 
company F, i8th Regt. and was wounded in the 2nd battle of 
Bull Run. Recovering, he reenlisted as Orderly Sergeant in 
company D, 37th Regt., U. S. colored troops, and receiving an 
accidental wound, returned to die at home. 

i. Edward Glover, b. 1839; d. Oct. 23, 1864. 

ii. Adelaide, m. B. Franklin Bailey; 2 sons, James F., Henry Nichols; d. 
Jan. 14, 1896. 

51. William^ Cox, (Samuels, Samuel^, Samuels, William*, 
Robert'), son of Samuels and Sally (Babb) Cox, born Sacarappa, 
Maine, 1813, "In his younger days, he was a barber, and later, 
a house painter; still later, he * kept shop ' opposite his resi- 
dence "The Babb House." In 1856, he was chosen selectman. 
There is a monument to the memory of William^ and his wife in 
the new part of the village cemetery, at Sacarappa. 

Mr. Cox married Mary A. Kennard, and died 1862, leaving no 

52. George^ Cox, (Samuels, Samuel^, Samuels, William*, 
Robert'), second son of Samuels and Sally (Babb) Cox, born 
Sacarappa, Me., moved to Gardner, Me., "where he was em- 
ployed as a paper manufacturer." 

53. "John^ Cox, Johns, Samuel*, Samuels, William*, Rob- 
ert'), was the oldest son of Johns and Lucretia (Damon) Cox, 
born March 6, 1825. He married May 18, 1856, Eleanor Jones 
of Dorchester, and died Oct 6, 1890. With very little schooling, 
he made himself familiar with the best literature, and adopted 
the printer's trade. He purchased the job printing business in 
1854, and in 1870 started the Dedham Transcript. In 1854, he 
he was chosen Foreman of Waterwitch Engine Co., also Select- 
man, Assessor and Overseer of the Poor, which latter offices he 
held till 1870. He served on the School Committee from 1865 
to 1870, after several years service under the old district system. 
He was Coroner, Justice of the Peace, Clerk at auctions. Di- 
rector and President of the Dedham Library Association, Mod- 
erator at Town Meetings (more often than any other man in the 
history of Dedham), and filled all the chairs in the local lodge 


Cox Genealogy. 133 

of Odd Fellows. A member of the Dedham Historical Society, 
he wrote, under the title of "Antiquary," articles for their 
Register, which published an account of his life. During the 
Rebellion, his enlistment as 2nd lieutenant, Co. F, i8th Reg- 
iment, was rejected for physical reasons, but he made it up by 
unremitting service as "War Selectman." On the return of 
Co. F, 1864, he was chosen to deliver the address of welcome, 
this being reread on Memorial Day, 1904. He was the working 
member of the committee that erected to the memory of the 
soldiers, "Memorial Hall." 

Too much application to public and philanthropic matters, 
for he could not bear to see man, child or animal in any kind of 
distress, reduced his business, which he sold in 1874 to his 
brother Samuel. The last fifteen years of his life were happily 
spent as advertising clerk for Macullar, Parker & Co., Boston, 
whose literary calendars for 1887 and 1888 were entirely his 
work. Removing to Winthrop, he was chosen Permanent His- 
torian of the local improvement society, "The Aphelions," 
making a host of new friends, whom he entertained from an in- 
exhaustible store of anecdotes and quotations from the by- 
paths of literature, and greatly enjoying his life there at "Great 
Head by the sea." There were three children: 

74. i. Edward Jones, b. Oct. 23, 1857. 

75. ii. Charles Marshall, b. Dec. 18, 1859. 

iii. John Walter, b. Mar. 29, 1867; Vice-President Chas. M. Cox Co., 
Chamber of Commerce, Boston. 

54. Samuel Henry^ Cox, (Johns, Samueh, Samuels, William', 
Robert'), born Sept. 7, 1830, married, June 13, 1854, Almira B. 
Glover of Boston. He was a printer, with his brother John^ 
and edited the Dedham Transcript, 1870 to 1881. He served in 
the War of the Rebellion, as Corporal, Co. D, in the 43rd Reg- 
iment, Burnside's Roanoke Expedition, and at its close was com- 
missioned Captain of the last company formed in Dedham, but 
not called into service. He died Feb. 23, 1882. 

The children were: 

i. Anna, b. Jan, 22. 1856. 

76. ii. Henry Cleveland, b. Dec. 17, 1857. 
iii. Nellie Louise, b. May 24, i86i. 

134 Cox Genealogy. 

55. William Henry^ Cox, (Henrys, Henry*, SamuelJ, Wil- 
liam*, Robert'), son of Henry and Rachael (Durganj Cox, born 
Dec. I, 1820, had wife Eliza A. and children, who live at 

77. i. Joseph W., b.i Oct. 16. 1859. 
ii. Carrie M., b. Apr. 2, 1861. 

56. Lemuel Bird^ Cox, (Samuel Birds, Benjamin^, Samuels, 
William^ Robert'), was the oldest son of Samuel Birds and 
Eliza (Hicks) Cox. A Wisconsin Blue Book gives the following: 

'^Lemuel B. Cox (Rep.) of Stevenson, was born in La Grange, 
Walworth county. Wis., June 21, 1846. He removed to the 
town of Farmington, in La Crosse county, in 1852, where he 
has since resided. He was educated at Galesville University. 
He is a farmer by occupation, and has always taken an active 
interest in politics as a republican, but has never held public 
office. He enlisted in Company K, of the Second Wisconsin 
Cavalry, at the age of 17, and was discharged the following 
year, having participated in the engagements of Yazoo City, 
Egypt Station, Bentonville and other minor engagements." He 
was elected to the Assembly in 1862, and reelected in 1894. 

Samuel Bird^ married March 10, 1880, Sarah Hartley, and 
" five children have blessed the union." 

i, Mary M. b, Apr. 24, 1881. 

ii. Reuben Samuel, b, Sept. 10, 1883. 

iii. Florence Rebecca, b. Nov. 16, 1885. 

iv. Helen Grace, b. July 21, 1891. 

V. Gladys Hartley, b. July 26, 1892. 

57. Reuben Samuel^ Cox, (Samuel Birds, Benjamin^, Sam- 
uels, William^ Robert'), second son of Samuel Birds and Eliza 
(Hicks) Cox, was born in La Grange, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, 
Aug. 15, 1847. He married Dec. 25, 1894. 

58. Eugene S.^ Cox, (Samuel Birds, Benjamin^, Samuels, 
William*, Robert') third son of Samuel Birds and Eliza (Hicks) 
Cox was born in Ashapan, Wisconsin, June 15, 1850. He mar- 
ried ist, Oct. 30, 1873, Emma Logan. Unhappy circumstances 
resulted in divorce, and six or seven years later he married a 
second time. One child issued from each union. 

i. Dana Bird, b. Oct. 1874. 
ii. Dudley, killed by cable car, a 7 years, 6 months. 


The Eighth Annual Reunion of the New England Cox 
Family Association was held in Sewall Hall, New Century Build- 
ing, Boston, Nov. 11,1904. About 60 members from all parts of 
the country were present. After a very pleasant social season and 
the usual reports, the following officers were elected: President, 
Guy W. Cox of Boston; Vice-president, L. Emory Holden of 
Cleveland, Ohio; Treasurer, F. Lincoln Peirce of Newtonville, 
Mass.; Historian, Rev. John H. Cox of West Harwich; Secretary, 
Edward J. Cox of Newtonville. 

The family were entertained by the Cecilia Male Quartette, 
Chas. L. Atwood ist tenor, F. Lincoln Peirce* 2nd tenor, Chas. 
L. Peirce* ist bass, W. S. Hambleton 2nd bass, vpith quartettes^ 
and solos, and by the Misses Alice and Lottie Cox off Andover, 
with violin duetts, all giving excellent parts of a very enjoyable 
evening's entertainment, 

**Grandsons of Mrs. Francis D. Lincoln, page 126. 

1905- ^^' ^7' 

New England 






Rev. John H. Cox, of West Harwich, Mass. 


Identification of ?iny of the Coxes mentioned in these 
notes, their relation to any Cox family or line, and further in- 
formation, dates of birth, marriage, death, or record of public 
service relative to any Cox family, whether mentioned herein 
or not, is earnestly solicited by the 


Cox Genealogy. 135 

59. Charles Edwin^ Cox, (Samuels, SamueH, Samuels, Ma- 
thew*, Robert'), of Lunenburg, Mass., was the son of Samuels 
and Lucy Ann (Bayley) Cox, born in Cambridge, Mass., April 
24, 1840. He married May 12, 1861, Nancy Lovina, daughter 
of Eliphalet and Nancy (Green) Bayley. Mrs. Cox died in 
Lunenburg, Aug. 21, 1896. Charles Edwin^ divides his time 
between farming, printing and undertaking and also furnishes 
entertainment to such strangers as chance to visit his quiet 
home town. There are two children: 

i. Etta May, b. May i, 1862, 
ii. Edwin Allen, b. July 1, 1878. 

60. Rev. Leonard^ Cox, (Leonards, Samuel-*, Samuel^, Ma- 
thew', Robert'), eldest son of Leonards and Elizabeth (Lear) 
Cox, was born in Maiden, Mass., "Friday, Oct. 5, 1821,". He 
He was baptized June 7, 1835, at West Cambridge ( Ar- 
lington) by Rev. Appleton Morse. He entered Middleboro 
Academy under the care of Prof. Briggs, where he prepared for 
college. He entered the freshman class of Harvard University 
1839, graduating 1843. 

Leonard^ was ordained as pastor of the First Predestinarian 
Baptist Church, in Woburn, Mass., Sept. 28, 1847. He 
preached about fourteen years in Massachusetts, and later in 
Maine and New York. In 1871, he moved to Virginia, and is 
at present (1905) editor of " The Charlotte Gazette," a weekly 
newspaper printed at Charlotte Court House, Va. 

Leonard^ married ist, Oct. 5, 1844, Lydia P., youngest 
daughter of Edward Brown of Cambridgeport. Mrs. Cox died 
May 3, 1856, and was buried in Cambridge Cemetery, Mt. Au- 
burn, where a modest stone bears the inscription: " Mrs. Lydia 
P. Cox, who fell asleep in Jesus, May 3, 1856, aged 34 years and 
6 months." On the reverse side: " Her last words were ' Jesus 
is victorious.' " 

Leonard^ married 2nd, October 1857, Mary J. Badger of Bruns- 
wick, Maine. The children were: 

1 36 Cox Genealogy. 

i. Frances Adelaide, b. June 25, 1845; m. Dr. Edwin L. Ford; d. Apr. 

18, 1884. 

ii. Mary Elizabeth, b. Dec. 7, 1849; d. Apr. 1857. 

iii. Willie, b. Feb. 3, d, 23, 1854. 

78. iv. Frederick Leonard, b. Dec. 14, 1858. 

V. Arthur L. 

vi. Edwin P. 

61. Peter Lear^ Cox, (Leonards, Samuel*, Samuel', Mathew*, 
Robert'), the second son of Leonards and Elizabeth ( Lear) Cox, 
was born March 3, 1824. He married April 30, 1846, Cordelia, 
daughter of Benajah and Delila (Chase) Crowell of Harwich, 
Mass., born Nov. 21, 1827. Mr. Cox edited the first newspaper 
printed in Cambridge. It was called "Brother Jonathan's 
Youngest," later " the Magnolia," and still later "The Pala- 
dium." The History of Lynn, Mass., records the fact that the 
" Lynn Reporter" was commenced by Peter L. Cox and Henry 
S. Cox. 

Peter Lear^ served as clerk of the Senate under Governor 
Gardner, and was treasurer of the Wax Thread Co., of Boston, 
and has visited " lands beyond the seas." He had one child, a 
daughter, whose son he adopted under the name of William F. 
Cox, with whom he now resides in the state of New York. He 
adopted also his granddaughter, Gertrude Lemoyne, under the 
name of Gertrude Cox. Children: 

i. Emma Frances, b. June 8, 1853; m. Dec, 11, 1872, Joel H. Lemoyne; 

2 ch. 
ii. William F. (adopted) 
iii. Gertrude, (adopted), m. Jeremiah O. Crowell, of N. Y. ; 3 ch. 

62. Henry Skinner Brown^ Cox, (Leonards, SamueM, Sam- 
uels, Mathew», Robert'), third son of Leonards and Elizabeth 
(Lear) Cox was born in Maiden, Mass., July 15, 1827. He 
married Mar. 29, 1849, Hannah E. Snow, of Brookline. He 
was engaged in the printing and publishing business with his 
brother Peter Lear^ in Cambridge and Lynn. He died July 20, 
1877. There were two children: 

79. i. Walter Henry, b. Oct 8. 1850. 

ii. Fanny Isabelle, b. Mar. 15, 1854; m. Pike Humphrey; 13 ch. 

Cox Genealogy. 137 

63. Judson^ Cox (Elbridges, SamueH, Samuels, Mathew', 
Robert'), was the eldest son of Elbridges and Olevia Augusta 
(Grey) Cox, born in West Cambridge. He was a young man 
of promising abilities, and at one time gained some renown as a 
lecturer upon the temperance platform under the name of 
"Judson Grey." He married unhappily, had one child, and 
died at his father's home at East New Sharon, Me. He was 
buried in the village cemetery. 

64. Francis Augustus^ Cox, (ElbridgeS, SamueH, SamuelJ, 
Mathew*, Robert'), was born Aug. 3, 1837, in West Cambridge, 
Mass. He married his cousin, Elizabeth Frances Cox, daughter 
of Leonards and Elizabeth (Lear) Cox, and lives on the old 
home place of her father at Cambridge. No children. 

65. Charles Henry<^ Cox, (Elbridges, Samuel*, Samuels, 
Mathew*, Robert'), was born in Freedom, New Hampshire, 
Aug. 7, 1846. He married, ist. Mar. 17, 1870, Annie M., 
daughter of Robert Trask, of New Sharon, Me., a woman of rare 
Christian qualities. Mrs. Cox died Sept 23, 1896, and Charles 
Henry^ married, 2nd, Dec. 22, 1897, Mrs. Jennie L. Peaslee, of 
Haverhill, Mass. Mr. Cox is a Civil War veteran, having 
served in the 28th Maine Infantry of nine month's men, re- 
enlisting for three years in the 2nd Maine Cavalry. He has 
also served one term as alderman of the city of Haverhill, Mass. 

There were born of the first marriage two children. The eld- 
er, Charles Arthur, a promising young man, died in his fresh- 
man year at Colby College; the other, Fred Judson, is a grad- 
uate of Brown University; and at present in the Insurance 
business at Perth Amboy, N. J. 

i. Charles Arthur, b. Sept. 20, 1876; d. Sept. 20. 1896. 
ii. Fred Judson, b, Sept. 20, 1880; m. Oct. 10, 1905, Annie B., daughter 

of J. Fred and Amie B. (Kelly) Adams, 
iii. Carroll F., b. Oct. 25, 1899. 

1 38 Cox Genealogy. 

66. Rev. John Hosmer^ Cox, (Elbridges, Samuel^, Samuels, 
Mathew*, Robert'), youngest son of Elbridge and Olevia Au- 
gusta (Grey) Cox; was born in Freedom, New Hampshire, 
Dec. 3, 1848. At the age of 15, he enlisted in Co. E, 23rd 
Mass. Volunteers for three years, and served to the end of the 
war. He fitted for college at Maine State Seminary, at Lewis- 
ton, Me., and graduated from Colby College, Waterville, in 
the class of '75. He married Nov. 3, 1869, Emma Nancy, 
daughter of William Lemont, of Bath, Me. There are three 

Mr. Cox W2S ordained to the Baptist Ministry at Camden, 
Me., Jan. 33, 1878, as pastor of the Elm St., Baptist Church, 
dropping out of the last year of his Theological Course at New- 
ton Theological Institution for this purpose. Returning to the 
Seminary at the beginning of the school year, he graduated in 
the class of '81 in June, having accepted a call to the pastorate 
of the Athol, Mass., Baptist Church the April previous. He 
has since served as pastor of the Baptist Church in Merrimac, and 
Lexington, Mass., and is at present (1905) pastor of the Baptist 
Church in West Harwich, Mass. 

Mr. Cox has served for nine years as Historian of the New 
England Cox Family Association. 

i. Ernest William, b. May i, 1872, Bath, Me. 

^ ^^ ( Twins, born Camden, Me., March 20, 1878. Ethel 
iii. Edith Maude ) May m. Oct. 18, 1905, Byron M. Steele. Edith 
Maude m. Dec. 10, 1902, Edwin F. Hutchingson, of 
Lexington, Mass. 

67. Leroy Benjamin^ Cox, (Benjamins, Benjamin-*, Ben- 
jamin3, Mathew', Robert'), son of Benjamins and Mary Ann 
(Hewes) Cox, was born in Lynfield, Mass., Nov. 17, 1845. He 
married Mary Belle, daughter of William Stout and Emily 
(Summers) Clift, of Terre Haute, Indiana, Jan. 5, 1870. He 
resides in Chicago, 111., is a merchant, and has one child. 

i. Emily Bancroft, b. May 8, 1884. 


( Elhridge^, Samuel*, SamueP, Mathew", Robert' ) 

Cox Genealogy. 139 

68. Thomas Emerson^ Cox, (Thomas Emersons, Benjamin*, 
Benjamin^, Mathew', Robert'), son of Thomas Emersons and 
Lucy (Gould) Cox was born at Lynfield Centre, Mass., April 
20, i860. He married Mar. 27, 1884, Elizabeth R., daughter of 
Thomas and Mary Ann (Childs) Leavis. He lives on the old 
home place at Lynfield, and has had four children. 

i. Harold Childs, b. Apr. 21, 1885. 

ii. Thomas Emerson, b. Aug. 9, 1891; d. Dec. 5, 1892. 

iii. Ralph Emerson, b. May 22, 1895. 

iv. Benjamin Gould, b. Nov. 19, 1899. 

69. George Francis^ Cox, (Georges, Benjamin^ Benjamin^, 
Mathew^ Robert"), son of George s and Harriet F. (Wiley) Cox, 
was born Aug. 5, 1850, and married Feb. 22, 1883, Ora A. Tay. 
They have three children: 

i. Albert Ernest, b. July 21, 1883. 
ii. Ora Majorie, b. May i, 1885. 
iii, Nathalie, b. Jan. 14, 1896. 

70. William Emerson^ Cox, (Charles Moteys, Mathew^ Ben- 
jamins, Mathew*, Robert'), was the son of Charles Moteys and 
Emeline B. (Vose) Cox. He was born May 4, 1850, and married 
Nov. II, 1886, in London, England, Josephine Nickerson, by 
whom he had one child, born in Boston, Mass. William Em- 
erson^ died Nov. 28, 1903. 

i. Mildred Emerson, b. Feb. Ii, 1888. 

71. George Bancroft^ Cox, (Charles MoteyS, Mathew*, Ben- 
jamins, Mathew*, Robert'), son of Charles Moteys and Emeline 
B. (Vose) Cox, was born Jan. 31, 1852. He married, Sept. 20, 
1888, Lenis Matheson. He died April 4, 1889, in Walton, 
Rookes Co., Kansas, leaving no children. 

72. Edwin Birchard^ Cox, (Charles Moteys, Mathew*, Ben- 
jaminJ, Mathew», Robert'), youngest son of Charles Moteys, and 
Emeline B. (Vose) Cox, was born in Boston, Mass., Jan. 31, 

I40 Cox Genealogy. 

1859. He married, July 5, 1888, Mary Lane, daughter of Na- 
thaniel H. and Mary E. (Bray) Stevenson Cox. They have 
three children, born in Brookline, Mass., where they now reside. 

i. Edwin Birchard, b. May 15, 1889. 
ii. Emeline Bancroft, b. Feb. 12, 1892. 
iii. Ruth Emerson, b. June 24, 1893. 

73. John Orne' Cox, (William Emersons, Mathew*, Ben- 
jamins, Mathew', Robert'), son of William Emersons and 
Rachael Bancroft (Hawkes) Cox, was born, Dec. 24, 1842, and 
married Helen Bradley, Dec. 12, 1866, by whom he has two 

80. i. Frank Bradley, b. May 27, 1870. 
ii. John Orne, b. Apr. 3, 1871. 

74. Edward Jones^ Cox, ( John', Johns, Samuel-*, Samuels, 
William*, Robert'), son of John, Jr., and Eleanor (Jones) Cox, 
was born at Dedham, Oct. 23, 1857. After two years as tele- 
graph operator at Dedham, he graduated from the four year's 
course at the Bridgewater Normal School in 1880. Returning 
from the next year spent in Minnesota, he became principal of 
the Colburn Grammar School in West Dedham, then submaster 
in the Haverhill High School, and principal of the High Schools 
at Norwell, Cohasset and Sudbury, including one year on the 
Cohasset School Committee, and three years as Superintendent 
of Schools at Sudbury. He is now submaster of the Lowell 
Grammar School in Boston. He is a member of the Mayflower 
Descendants, and Sons of the American Revolution, and has 
served the Cox Family Association as its Secretary since its be- 
ginning, excepting for one year. He married Isabella L. Nye, 
of South Scituate, Oct. 6, 1883, lives in Newtonville, and has 
three children. 

i. Eleanor, Louise, born West Dedham, Dec. 22, 1886. 
ii. Marshall Walter, born Norwell, Nov. 25, 1889. 
iii. John Edward, born Newtonville, Aug. 15, 1896. 


( John*", lohn', Samuel^ SamueP, William^, Robert' ) 

Cox Gentalogy. 141 

75. Charles Marshall' Cox, ( John^ Johns, Samuel-*, Samuel*, 
William*, Robert'), son of John, Jr., and Eleanor (Jones) Cox, 
was born at Dedham, Dec. 18, 1859. After a term of service as 
bookkeeper and salesman for J. E. Soper & Co., he established 
the firm of Chas. M. Cox Co., wholesale merchants in flour, 
feed, and grain, in the Boston Chamber of Commerce, of which 
firm he is President. He has served the Chamber as Chairman of 
the Transportation Committee, and as a Director. As a member 
of the Twentieth Century Club, he takes practical interest in 
such problems as municipal ownership, and in trips abroad and 
with the Appalachian Mt. Club finds subjects for his skillful 
amateur brush in water colors and oils. He served the Cox 
Family Association two years as its president. He married 
Gertrude Day, of Melrose, December 11, 1889, and has three 

i. Margery, born Dec. 30, 1892. 
ii. Laurance Day, bom Aug. 13, 1895. 
iii. Moulton,,born Oct. 8, 1899. 

76. Henry Cleveland' Cox, (Samuel Henry^ Johns, Samuel*, 
Samuels, William*, Robert'), was born in Dedham, Mass., Dec. 
ly, 1857. He married Apr. 4, 1883, Minnie Gertrude, daughter 
of Ethan Stetson and Annie Matilda Churchill, of Dedham. 
He holds the position of clerk in the National Bank of Redemp- 
tion. One child. 

i. Harold Augustus, b. June 27, 1884. 

77. Joseph W.7 Cox, (William Henry^ Henry*, Henry*, 
Samuels, William*, Robert'), son of William Henry^ and Eliza 
A. Cox, was born Oct. i6, 1859, and married, June 9, 1887, 
Addie F. Vose. They have one child. 

i. Florence Vose, b. April 28, 1889. 

78. Frederick Leonard' Cox, (Leonard* Leonards, Samuel*, 
Samuels Mathew*, Robert'), son of Leonard* and Mary A. 
(Badger) Cox, was born Dec. 14, 1858. He is married and has 
two children, and was recently connected with the War De- 
partment at Washington, D. C. 

142 Cox Genealogy. 

79. Walter Henry' Cox, (Henry Skinner Brown^ Leonards, 
Samueh, Samuels, Mathew*, Robert'), only son of Henry Skin- 
ner Brown^ and Hannah E. (Snow) Cox, was born in Lynn, 
Mass., Oct 8, 1850. He married, ist, Oct. 27, 1874, Sarah E. 
Withington, of Boston; 2nd. Eugenia Richenstine. Remarried, 
3rd, Nov. 10, 1896, Elizabeth Mary, daughter of James and Ann 
Ellis. Children: 

i. Henry, 
ii. Louis, 
iii. Helen Elizabeth, b. Jan 19, 1901. 

80. Frank Bradley' Cox, (John Orne^ William Emersons, 
Mathew4, Benjamins, Mathew», Robert'), eldest son of John 
Orne* and Helen (Bradley) Cox, was born May 27, 1870. He 
married, in Salem, Mass., Sept. 23, 1896, Mabel Cummings, 
daughter of Leonard and Ellen (Langmaid) Harrington. 

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